Hurricane Bells, 'Tides and Tales' (Invisible Brigades)

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Tides and Tales
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Label: Invisible Brigades

by David Peisner

Hurricane Bells went from being Longwave frontman Steve Schlitz's low-key side project to his main concern right about the moment "Monsters" soundtracked Robert Pattinson strutting through his opening scene in Twilight: New Moon. To say this sophomore effort overflows with songs well suited for future Twilight sequels isn't a dig: Schlitz has a knack for turning dark thoughts into indie-pop candy. "The Possibilities" is a warm, blippy ode to the joys of momentarily forgetting your world is falling apart; "If This Night Is Over" wraps a dying relationship in an intoxicating acoustic waltz. And almost every other song depicts the moment when love begins to curdle (or even decay) with ?such melody and charm that Schlitz makes it ?almost sound like fun.

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