Issuing a challenge to their cohorts, Will Pugh calls out “pop
punk today isn’t going anywhere- let’s make some moves.” With
their new album “Chroma,” Cartel definitely makes some big moves in
the right direction.
Cartel has opened their minds to new musical possibilities that
challenge their peers to achieve something more. The band brings the
best of both worlds in accessibility and artistry. “Chroma” also reveals
Will Pugh’s deep thoughts and philosophical questioning through
bright melodies that stay in your head all day long. Their compelling
guitar arrangements, driving drums, and youthful energy rival more
seasoned artists and naturally invoke attention.
Cartel mesh loud, bombastic guitars with pretty melodies and
rock arrangements with an acute sense of pop songwriting. The band
started out as a guilty pleasure for many- who are now demanding
more and more.
Reviews are written by people that purchased this item from Interpunk
Mike from Downers Grove, IL
Sep 18 2006
clearly both a step up and a step down from the ep, but i'm not arguing the catchiness just the choice of certain songs it kind of lags on. starts out good and ends fairly well. these guys need to stick to upbeat rocking tunes with the soaring choruses, and not mess with slowed down thoughtful balladry or that sh***y acoustic song at the end.
Patrick from Columbia, MO
Jul 11 2006
I guess I'm the only one brave enough to review the power-pop albums, and that's fine... Certainly worth picking up if you're into real clean vocals and good production. Think Dashboard without all the personal lyrics