Minor chords and perplexing sound effects are the weapons of choice here. The album-opening title track is a Pink Floyd-like instrumental curiosity, with a dash of ELO thrown in for good measure. "Glorious # 1" (wishful thinking, perhaps?) establishes the template: anthems and slogans interspersed with quiet reflection.
"Out/In" is a rallying cry, though for what is not explained. "I'm Not Afraid" is a sweet testament to perseverance. "Bitter" is exactly that -- all anger and revenge. "Perfect Memory" is a sad (if a tad precious) lament reminiscent of those loveless Scots, Del Amitri.
About halfway through the album, though, everything starts to blur. "Over the Rails & Hollywood High" is a mess. "Save Me" is U2 all over again, a good song lost in a copycat arrangement. The hidden track at the end is merely annoying. Still, there is a market for inoffensive pop-rock with jangly guitars and nice hooks. To that end, Remy Zero shows promise.
Remy Zero plays Tues., Nov. 20, at Earthlink Live.