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Burn Halo – self titled 

 

 

 

 

Competent American rock with all too few flashes of excitement

 

Burn Halo’s debut is competent throughout, but it’s the occasional flashes of excitement that made my ears prick up – usually when they loosen up and let their inner Gunners shine through on songs such as Our House & US hit single Dirty Little Girl.  Sadly, for every moment of inspiration there’s a turgid and generic pastiche like The Saloon Song or Falling Faster. 

 

The rest of the album sounds more formulaic and stiff, in a taking-themselves-too-seriously kind of way.  Imagine one part Foo Fighters plus 2 parts of Nickelback – if only they’d added an extra dash of the Axl/Slash seasoning this could’ve been a really good album.

 

As it is, Burn Halo are likely to be big with those who like easily palatable rock-by-numbers with just a teensy hint of wild free spirit (Yes, I’m looking at YOU America).  For a debut, this is solid and the band definitely have potential – if next time round they ignore the record company pushing for an easy hit, add a generous splash of Jack Daniels and an equal measure of fun, and they may just come up with something special.

 

 

Shane