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Repartee – All Lit Up – Album Review

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Like a jolt of lightning, the music on Repartee’s debut album All Lit Up will ignite every fibre of your body. Blasting onto the internet tomorrow, All Lit Up is perfectly suited for those upcoming summer dance parties.

In a few short years Repartee, from St. John’s Newfoundland, have already achieved an impressive amount of notoriety in the Canadian Maritime music scene. The band has managed to win five MusicNL Awards, grab a nomination at the 2013 East Coast Music Awards (Award for Rising Star Recording of the Year), and perform at the 2013 ECMA Gala. They have also shared the stage with notable acts like LIGHTS, Tegan and Sara, Dragonette, and Arkells. You can catch Repartee this summer as they will be touring across Canada promoting their new album.

As mentioned, All Lit Up is perfect for summertime listening with it’s catchy beats, and pop-influenced lyrics and vocals. Opening with the title-track, the first whack of the electronic beat holds a great deal of promise. “All Lit Up” is about finding that inner strength within yourself and helping others find their’s. The sound is exactly what you would expect from electronic pop, but there are elements, like the brief pause near the end, that separate Repartee’s sound from the pop often heard on the radio.

“Die B4 U” starts off similar to the previous track, with the usual pop melodies. However, when the chorus comes around, the song takes on a whole new image. Repartee added a depth of feeling to the song that isn’t often captured in electronic pop.

“Miracle” is much slower that the other tracks. The result is a brilliant reprieve from an otherwise continuos fast and upbeat album that could have ended up droning on and on. To go along with the slower beat, the lyrics are darker and more dramatic than the rest of the album. But, once again, the track is perfectly placed, and the beat and mood picks up with the next track.

“Electric Every Day” features a rhythm that feels like it is straight from the 80s, adding an element of fun to the song. Like the rest of the album, the lyrics are insightful and focus on themes of love, acceptance, and courage, but the emphasis on the word “electric” add an in-your-face dynamic to the song.

The single “Dukes” (available for streaming here) is a beautiful upbeat track filled with fist-pounding beats. The singer goes from such a passive attitude, not wanting to step on anyone’s toes, to a fiery declaration of “Put your dukes up ‘cause I’m ready to fight.” Pop music doesn’t get better than this.

As for the rest of the tracks on All Lit Up, well, I will leave those for you to discover when the album comes out on Friday. Pre-orders are available through iTunes.

TOUR DATES:
April 29 – St. John’s, NL – Rock House
May 2 – Sydney, NS – Governor’s Pub
May 3 – Halifax, NS – The Carleton
May 5 – Fredericton, NB – Capital Complex
May 6 – May 8th – Toronto, ON – Canadian Music Week
May 10 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah
May 12 – Guelph, ON – DSTRCT
May 13 – London, ON – Rum Runners
May 14 – Oshawa, ON – Moustache Club
May 16 – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog
May 18 – Ottawa, ON – Zaphod’s
May 19 – Sudbury, ON – The Townehouse
May 20 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – LopLops
May 21 – Thunder Bay, ON – Foundry
May 25 – Winnipeg, MB – ThePyramid
May 26 – Saskatoon, SK – Capitol Music Hall
May 27 – Edmonton, AB – Mercury Room
May 28 – Calgary, AB – Ship & Anchor
May 31 – Rossland, BC – The Flying Steamshovel
June 2 – Kelowna, BC – Doc Willoughby’s
June 3 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
June 4 – Nelson, BC – Spirit Bar
June 7 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s Bar and Grill
June 10 – Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid
June 11 – Kenora, ON – Bijou Steakhouse

THE SCENE


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