Company of Thieves begins where we left off two years ago with “Ordinary Riches,” bringing back their amalgamation of attitude-filled rock, country and jazzy-funk to electrify “Running from a Gamble.” But this time, building on their strengths and with more stories to tell, and a brazen attitude to boot!
Company of Thieves’ fresh and edgy front woman, Genevieve Schatz has already made a name for herself in the indie community. Furthermore, this album solidifies her triumph of becoming an icon for indie music in years to come. With striking comparisons to the Pretenders and Metric, Company of Thieves resonates with unique rapturous sound. Schatz destroys the definition of front woman, replacing it with charismatic ferociousness.
“Running from a Gamble” carries all the soul and relevance of attitude-filled, rocky vocals while sedating the listener and coating the imagination of the listeners’ mind with bliss. The album packs in influence and releases excellence.
Schatz sets the scene with her calming introduction, which is suddenly broken by the succession of the rocky attitude melody, “Queen of Hearts”. She fills you with excitement and fiercely inspires you with “Modern Waste.” Can’t you feel the intense power in her voice? My teeth are clenched. “Look Both Ways” showcases the funky pop side of the album. The album progressively then slows down, without the loss of its powerful directedness in the highs and lows of “Never Come Back.”
The theme of “Queen of Hearts” can be seen again in the single “Death of Communication.” Beginning with the succession of pounding drums it is sprinkled with the charismatic ferociousness we are now familiar with. The pleasant melodic rock-chorus fills the listener’s ears with energy and the satisfaction of an exhilarating guitar solo. The rocky filled chorus files out with the same pounding drums it came in with. Lucky the next track, “King of Dreams” is a slow one, there to cure the listener’s racing heart. “Syrup” and “Tallulah” showcase Company of Thieves’ ability to successfully draw the genres of jazz, pop and funk into a summertime-weekend feel.
Schatz won’t leave us without putting up a fight in “Take Me for A Man,” progressively filling the song with her characteristicly fierce voice and directed lyrics.
“Running from a Gamble” definitely stands up strong against all the indie forerunner albums and won’t settle for second place.
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