The following review was originally published by Monday Magazine and can be found here
Within seconds of dropping a needle on Welcome to Miami’s opening number, “I Can’t Stand It,” it is obvious that Slam Dunk is in the midst of a change. Welcome to Miami is every bit as fun as the band’s debut: it is equally contagious and the hooks are just as strong, but the album is also a testament to how far the band has come in the two years between recordings. Simply put, The Shivers is good, but Welcome to Miami is great.
As Welcome to Miami opens, “I Can’t Stand It” winds its way through various time signatures and musical arrangements, which include an expanded three-piece brass section. Listeners are forced to marvel at the band’s vast array of reference points. Nowhere is this more evident than the opening track, a strange hybrid of “The Soft Parade” and “London Calling,” which beckons us to follow Slam Dunk into new and exciting territory.
And a diverse territory it is. This album proves to be more than a gem: it’s a multifaceted diamond in the rough. Go pick it up; witness the power of evolution, lest you become a dying breed.
Listen to the album here!