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Thursday, June 26, 2008

CD Review: The States - The Path Of Least Resistance

The States - The Path Of Least Resistance
2007, The States

The States bring an interesting mix of Matchbox 20-esque pop acumen and the driving guitar of No Use For A Name. The result, in the form of The Path Of Least Resistance, is pure power-pop ear candy.

The Architect is a perfect introduction to The States, matching great hooks and great vocals, whereas All The Salt In The Sea shows off a bit of a gentler side to the band. Black Jack is an absolutely must-listen, as is God's Numbers, where The States take on an early U2 vibe.

The soaring nature of many of the songs is uplifting and musical in a way that is similar to Creed, without sounding anything like them. I could see people having the kind of visceral reactions to The States that inspired early fans of U2 and Creed. Further, the songwriting here would suggest a level of talent that may bring The States closer to U2 than to Creed in the long run.

The Path Of Least Resistance, in this case, leads to the greatest reward for The States, and for the listener. This is good stuff!

Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about The States at, where you can purchase a copy of The Path Of Least Resistance.

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