202. Suburba – House of Heroes

SUBURBA (2010)

House of Heroes

House of Heroes has been that has been on periphery of my musical listening. Until this year. easily the best album released this year and possibly the best rock/pop/alternative album released in the first decade of the 2000’s. Original, strong, familiar and completely brilliant.

There is something eerily similar of HoH to artists like Arcade Fire, The Verve and The New radicals that has nothing to do with the musical experience. all three of those acts (and others unnamed) had this uncanny ability to make the initial introduction to their music sound like something you have heard before and “must have just missed” a few years before. The first time I heard The New Radicals I thought they were a 70’s band that I just had never heard before and was sorry that I had missed them.

The same rings true for this HoH release. I could have sworn I had heard this album before despite the fact it is not derivative by any means. It may just be the bands ability to create a musical soundscape that borrows brilliantly from other musical genres and eras while firmly placing the music in today’s world.

Their initial releases showed amazing promise and the Beatles cover album was brilliant, but nothing prepared the listener for this amazing project. I am full convinced in 10 years this album would croack the Top 100 and maybe the Top 50. I am also convinced the CCM audience will miss out on it!

Other bands that serve as contemporaries to HoH try to sound legit and original, while HoH makes it sound so completely natural. Not sure how many bands can draw allusions to The Darkness and the Beatles on the same album, or even the same song but HoH does it at the same time.That’s all part of the familiarity and originality paradox. Progressive rock, The Knack’s pop sensibilities, the sheer exuberance of The Darkness, the musical precision and creativity of Queen and the brilliant and stunning melodies of Arcade fire.

There is not enough time to discuss individual songs but i would like to point out that no song released this year comes close to matching “God save the Foolish Kings.” It is freakin’ brilliant!!!

There is no musical blueprint here. There is no “if you like this band, you’ll love HoH.” If you like great music, expertly played, passionately delivered and stunningly presented then you will like HoH.

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  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    December 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Amen and Amen! If this were released 5-10 years ago I would be hard pressed not to put it in my top 10 all-time.

  2. aarjayaitch
    December 17, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Thank you for including this, I completely agree with your assessment of this amazing album! (Shawn, you are totally right, too.) There simply are not enough superlatives to describe this masterpiece.

  3. Shawn McLaughlin
    December 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I hear a lot of latent Prog touches and, especially, The Moody Blues in some of the vocal arrangements. “God Save the Foolish Kings” Meatloaf/Westside Story/Phil Spector Wall of sound….and the lyrics on this song and others are amazing. How about “Constant?” It works as a worship song but was actually written as a tribute to Desmond Hume from “Lost”.

  4. Brett C
    August 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to this album it’s fantastic. H of H have become one of my favourite bands that are around today.

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