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Amigo is your friend

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Apr. 10 | Modified: Apr. 10
Amigo is your friend


Listening to Charlotte-based rock ensemble Amigo is like watching your little brother grow up: He stumbles from time to time, but he is slowly getting the hang of things.

Encouragingly, in Amigo’s latest album, “Might Could,” the band’s sound is excitable enough to earn a few replays, especially for those looking for something smooth and easygoing to listen to during the workday.

The band boasts a crisp enough sound to compensate for an otherwise limited range, but when it comes to song structure, Amigo could benefit from more well thought-out guitar solos and bridges to extend some tracks and build upon musical themes that were never truly realized.

From a quick listen, it’s obvious that Amigo is not trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to rock, and at times, certain melodies within a song can be called incongruous at best. However, the band’s sound is fleshed out just enough to encourage listeners to stay tuned for whatever comes next. Add to that some catchy and well-timed lyrics, and you’ve got a sound that handily avoids jukebox purgatory.

“Good Luck” is by far the album’s best work and sways listeners just enough to skim over the remaining tracks, while trying to find a defining moment in an album that dashes from one idea or concept to the next without fully capitalizing on any single one.

While it is apparent the band is trying to be explorative and experimental by incorporating various instruments, the attempt falls slightly short, as that ever-emerging sound grows cluttered.
But the positives — namely an overarching sense of fun — make up for such shortcomings. For those seeking a general, feel-good sound that reminds listeners that rock ’n’ should be fun, Amigo is your friend.

For more information on Amigo and “Might Could,” visit http://amigotheband.com.

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