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Waltham: Waltham

Eat your heart out Rick Springfield

Power ballad junkies can rejoice with the release of Waltham's self-titled album. Refuel your Bic lighters, grow out your mullet, and get ready to rock old school style. With tracks such as "So Lonely", "Joanne", "Nicole", and "Don't Say It's Too Late", Waltham provides a pastiche of emotionally overwrought power ballads circa 1982.

Waltham sounds like an amalgamation of Rick Springfield, Van Halen, The Cars, and just about any other 80s band that belted out a mournful tribute to unrequited love. Admittedly, the first few tracks are a guilty pleasure of sorts and it's hard not to wax nostalgic about the time when this kind of music pretty much ruled the airwaves.

However…Waltham truly is a one trick pony. Every single song seems to involve one of the following: breaking up with a girl, thinking about losing a girl, thinking about getting a girl back, or lusting for a girl. It wears thin after about the first two tracks. They are appropriately titled, "Cheryl (Come and Take A Ride)" and "So Lonely". While there are a total of twelve tracks on Waltham's album, it could easily just be one long extended track.

It's not just the repetitive content of Waltham's songs that wears thin. The guitar riffs and drum beats sound identical from track to track. Fortunately, Waltham does a solid job of channeling all of the 80s bands who specialized in this kind of sound, but it's seemingly all they are capable of doing.

Unquestionably, there is an audience for this kind of fare given the unstoppable wave of 70s and 80s nostalgia, but Waltham sounds like little more than a glorified tribute or cover band. One track of Waltham is more than enough, hence the one star rating.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars