The Beets' new album Stay Home is a confusing mess of Old School Rock and Roll and some more modern lo-fi musical pop influences. The New York foursome were formed in May 2008 and released their first LP, the irksomely titled Spit In The Face of People Who Don't Want To Be Cool in 2009. Garage rock isn't new or particularly innovative, yet The Beets luckily land just outside the obvious characteristics of this genre with their pop elements.

Although I find myself easily critical of the album, there is something reassuringly old fashioned about it. 'Cold Lips', the opening track of the record, has chugging guitar, lyrics with which to sing along and a joyful almost dancy beat. It immediately presents the tone of the album, cheery, simply and laid back.

Musically the band plays incredibly simply; guitar, drums and bass, without a solo in sight. The lack of technicality about the album is surprisingly engaging, yet after a few listens it does seem to grate a little. Throughout, the vocals are more chanted or shouted than sung, yet some how the two vocalists manage by some miracle to compliment each other well. 'Your Name is on My Bones' portrays some of the outlook of the album with lyrics such as "I wanna spend my life with you", and has an almost Van Morrison feel. Each track has repetitive lyrics; it seems in 'Floating' the band attempts to beat Nirvana for the highest use of the word yeah in a single song.

The tracks seem to run at two speeds, and thankfully the shortness of the tracks prevents them becoming too repetitive. While most seem fast and dancey like 'Watching Tv' some are surprisingly calm. 'Flight 14', the only track longer than three minutes, has an almost Fleet Foxes sound to it. 'Flaxing Seed' is one of the weaker tracks on the record with odd moaning and indistinguishable lyrics; at 56 seconds long, the track sounds a bit of a muddled waste of time.

When asking myself when I would actually listen to the album I struggled. It's the kind of music that would fall easily onto the soundtrack of an indie American film, yet, it is laid back, and the band seems effortless in their sound. That's something to admire. There are some aspects of other genres like surf pop that seem to sneak into some of their tracks, which is a nice addition. Maybe they're not flawlessly tuned, technically perfect or well recorded, but the clutter of the album seems to work.

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