-By Josh Dein
The creation of Miracle Mile, STRFKR’s latest release, represents the first time the recording of a STRFKR LP has been collaborative. Under the leadership and production skills of Josh Hodges, STRFKR now has at least a dozen more catchy tunes under its belt. However, the album was somewhat overhyped and leaves a lot to be desired. Although the band sticks to its original style, characterized by the blending of synthesizers with poppy vocals, STRFKR fails to release any groundbreaking numbers. Many of the songs on the album are either hit-or-miss. Though the single “While I’m Alive”, as well as “Atlantis” and “Say to You” are undeniably catchy hits, most of the songs on the album are just more of the same, which gives the feeling that Miracle Mile drags on a little too long. “Fortune’s Fool” is somewhat overdone with its combination of funky synthesizers and baseline and “Nite Rite” drags on for seven minutes, making it seem as though Hodges simply wanted to extend the album’s running time. Despite all of the album’s faults, fans are simply happy to hear the band continuing to produce music. Looking forward, I expect a lot more from STRFKR. Though the band may never be able to replicate the captivating sound found on their self-titled album released in 2008, this will not be the last time you will be hearing from them.
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