Movements proves to be an album that sets up The Dirty Streets as a band to be reckoned with. They do an impressive job of selling their skills on their latest LP, but also show room for refinement and growth.
The production side is more than passable but exhibits moments of productorial laziness, and in moments where the sonic stage is less action-packed it seems somewhat bland, as if the goal was merely to get the album made rather than made exceptionally well. Production also feels somewhat inconsistent, like this was an album pieced together from numerous jam sessions and not necessarily approached as a unified project.
That being said, the guys’ performance on the record is actually pretty groovy. The vocals pack a punch and the band does a valiant job of painting the picture of their passion. The licks are strong, the pacing steady, and the presentation tight and focused. It’ll be interesting to see how these tendencies guide their performing future.
All in all, Movements is a solid album. It likely won’t make you an instant fan and doesn’t bring anything too new to the table, but it is fun and does show the band’s potential and performance ability. Their next job should be finding a niche where they belong. Time will tell, but I suspect The Dirty Streets’ energy might be better suited to rock shows than records.
The Review: 7/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Fight You
– It’s About Time
– Tryin’ Too Hard
The Big Hit
– Fight You
Review by Tyler Quiring