On the heels of the regional success of their 2010 EP Sundown, Albany alt rockers return with Drive, a three song taste of their atmospheric power pop melodic rock.
Certainly not all that novel, Engloria rides the crest of popular alt rock fare. You might hear undertones of Goo Goo Dolls or maybe even some Wallflowers. The title cut is the most impressive, with it's easy summer feel made ready for top down driving. The other two are rather tame, on the ballad side, and easily float away, not assuring a lot of interest. The production is crisp, enlivening the performance.
Any of three songs here, more likely Drive, could end up on a skinny jean-wearing hipster iPod play list. However, if Engloria wants to get into the game or, better, step up their game, they really need to huddle up and find that elusive quality in their music that will set them apart. Then, write enough songs for a full album.
Engloria's second EP Drive offers interesting and soothing, but not all that novel, alt melodic rock fare.
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