Albums In Stores Tomorrow 5-6-08

Here are some albums that will be in stores tomorrow. Let us know which ones you’ll be picking up.

From First To Last – From First To Last
Motion City Soundtrack – Acoustic EP (iTunes)
Millencolin – Machine 15
Greeley Estates – Go West Young Man, Let The Evil Go East
Socratic – Spread The Rumors
New Amsterdams – At The Foot Of My Rival
Charlotte Sometimes – Waves And The Both Of Us
Tokio Hotel – Scream
Wolftron – Flesh & Fears

Socratic – Spread the Rumors

Artist: Socratic
Album: Spread the Rumors
Label: Drive-Thru
Purchase: Drive-Thru
Release Date: May 6, 2008

Overall: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Lyrics: 7.0
Production: 9.0

Remember when the radio actually mattered? Listeners were proud to sit through some Mariah Carey or a few car commercials if it meant just one more spin of Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life.” Well, Socratic’s Spread the Rumors is a lot like that. Unfortunately, even Socratic have their car commercial moments, but it’s usually worth the wait for the next little gem around the corner.

Spread the Rumors, produced by Mark Hoppus (of +44 and the now disbanded Blink 182), opens with the hooky first single “Boy In A Magazine,” grabbing ears immediately. Production wise, Rumors is only further proof of Hoppus’s growing talent as a producer, giving each song just the right amount of tweak and headphone flourish, again reminiscent of 90s headphone records like Third Eye Blind’s Blue . Some of the hooks inspire a hint of annoyance after a few listens (“Constant Apology”), while others grow from simply tolerable to gently pleasing (“Long Distance Calls”), though mostly falling somewhere loosely in the middle. Many of the choruses suffer from a serious melodic condition known as “sameys,” in which many individual choruses from many individual songs sound, well, the same. This is especially unfortunate in Socratic’s case, given the potential of the verses, which one can’t help but hope will naturally build into something much, much bigger (think Paul McCartney sized hooks), but, alas, few follow through with this commitment.

With several lyrical misses (nearly all of “Diamond In A World of Coal”), some underdeveloped arrangements, and, of course, the sameys, Socratic still put forth a good effort with an impressive collection of would-be 90s radio hits (something they should embrace even further next time around), perfect for giving your own unique version of “the finger” to today’s radio landscapes. Get those sameys cleared up, and Socratic could very well surprise everyone ““even radio.

Track listing:

1. Boy In A Magazine
2. Haven’t Seen You In Years
3. May I Bum A Smoke
4. Janis Joplin Hands
5. Long Distance Calls
6. Constant Apology
7. Relevant Elephant
8. Spread The Rumors
9. Don’t Say
10. This Opinion of Mine
11. Diamond In a World of Coal
12. Another Headache

Free Socratic Show

Socratic will be performing a free show on April 14th in Hollywood. You can find the information below.

SOCRATIC Free show (21+ FREE/Under 21 $3)
April 14
7pm
The Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood CA

Socratic on tour with You, Me & Everyone We Know

4/22 Hell’s Kitchen Tacoma WA
4/24 El Corazon Seattle WA
4/26 Avalon Salt Lake City UT
4/27 The Falcon Englewood CO
4/29 Eagles Club Vermillion SD
5/01 Beat Kitchen Chicago IL

Socratic Set Release Date For Spread The Rumors

Socratic

Socratic‘s new album, Spread The Rumors, will be out on May 6th via Drive-Thru Records. Check out the album art and track listing below.

Socratic

Track Listing

1. Boy In A Magazine
2. Haven’t Seen You In Years
3. May I Bum A Smoke
4. Janis Joplin Hands
5. Long Distance Calls
6. Constant Apology
7. Relevant Elephant
8. Spread The Rumors
9. Don’t Say
10. This Opinion of Mine
11. Diamond In a World of Coal
12. Another Headache