Oh boy, this isn't an insult, but are these guys American? As I finished listening to Appetite I quickly did a Google search and discovered that the guys of Le Reno Amps are in fact Scottish! To summarize this album into one sentence would be impossible but I will attempt to say that the inspiration for Appetite ranges from everything from the past to the present.

I have no idea where to start with this album. I think you can either hate or love it. I personally love it. This is the first time where I've actually let my guard down and just let the music play. Once you press play, all you can generally guess from this band is their love and embrace for their youth. Lead vocals are yelling through the mic and your speakers in a rebellious but likeable way. You can't help but join in the angst, it's a somewhat guilty pleasure. After the first couple of songs, these guys all of a sudden want to surprise their listeners with a bit of maturity. 'Never Be Alone' is an odd track for sure. Has emo/punk made a comeback? And I begin to question whether those brooding days have decided to enter my life again. We all were part of that revival. As I wander through the second half of the album, I can't help but notice the eclectic mix of influences Le Reno have been able to infuse in just a couple of songs. By this point Appetite has my full attention. 'I'm Alive' brings back the fun but 'Cottonmouth Rock' brings in Jack White? It's always great to hear bits and pieces of a fellow-fan. Even the title could've been on a White Stripes or Dead Weather album. The impressive guitar riffs don't hurt either. 'Weight (I Don't Give Up On A Friend)' is such a cute song! I can't describe it any other way. I think every album should have an adorable buddy song; it's only necessary. The closing track 'Faded Star' can be an homage to Bob Dylan or Johnny Cash. This is an impressive end to an impressive album.

I apologize for critiquing some songs as 'cute' and 'adorable' or 'emo/punk', but I have a point, and it's just an astounding wow. I've never heard such an Americanized European band before. I love the fact that these guys and Appetite doesn't hold back in any way. They just couldn't care less what type of genre they're put in. In fact, I don't know how to label Le Reno Amps. I hear almost every type of music infused in Appetite and I can't wait to hear more. What a breath of fresh air.

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