SiM’s third full album PANDORA is like opening a box of assorted demons. You get SiM’s mix of signature punk/reggae/hard rock/dubstep songs, and sometimes it’s hard to decide which ones you like best or which one darkens your heart more.
The guys are multi-talented as they continue to seemlessly flow from genre to musical genre, as best well documented in their single “Who’s Next?” And most appropriately in that song there is the bitch scream “Because you’re dead already” that sums up SiM’s darker lyrics on the album.
The band’s has other hit singles like “Blah, Blah, Blah” and the amazing melodica slower croony single “Rosso & Dry” that make this an album worth buying.
There are a few other gems too. “Boring People, Fucking Grays” drags you through the muck with its sludgey guitars. “We’re All Alone” is an subltle autotunish hard rock track with an unexpected charm. The autotuned singing and deathly howls by Mah flows well together.
Some of the songs don’t reach impact level, but overall Pandora is a go-to hybrid rock album that you can pop in and listen to from start to finish and find something new in a track everytime you listen to it. It’s a grower, but more satisfying after repeat listens. The reggae bits and beats hit harder the deeper you dig into Pandora.
Initial listen I would have given it a 7, but after blasting it for 2 weeks, it’s a very solid 8 out of 10. You can buy it yourself from CDJapan.
It’s also now on iTunes.JP (still not available on US iTunes.)
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