So Long, Youth. Hello, Adulthood
Just like a good Atari game this album takes a little bit to get going, but despite a beginning rather unchanging in style and speed The Atarisâ€šÃ„Ã´ So Long, Astoria picks up quickly into a poppy and fun cluster of songs. From a very personal track about hope to tunes of friendship, heartbreak, and growing up, Astoria climaxes with a fantastic cover of â€šÃ„ÃºThe Boys of Summerâ€šÃ„Ã¹ – possibly the best and most energetic song of the album. After 13 tracks it tops out with a remake of one of their popular songs, and then winds up with a final slow tune.The bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s strongest asset remains in their poetic, reminiscent lyrics that front man Kris Roe sings strong. Although describing this album as their â€šÃ„Ã²most provocative and emotionally powerfulâ€šÃ„Ã´, the raw sound of the Indiana garage-band from years past is sorely missed, and Astoria doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t feel as compelling as their previous releases which were striking, original, and displayed raw emotion. Even the remake of â€šÃ„ÃºI Wonâ€šÃ„Ã´t Spend Another Night Aloneâ€šÃ„Ã¹ doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t have the same fire as its original release. One track of exception however is â€šÃ„ÃºMy Replyâ€šÃ„Ã¹ â€šÃ„Ã¬ Roeâ€šÃ„Ã´s response to a cancer patientâ€šÃ„Ã´s letter, in which he makes clear that simple words cannot express enough the plea of â€šÃ„Ã²hang in thereâ€šÃ„Ã´. With these minor setbacks Astoria is by no means a bad album, and is best played loud, with friends youâ€šÃ„Ã´ve known since Pac-Man.