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Album Review: Stress Dolls- 'Forward'

Alternative/Pop-rock New York band Stress Dolls stands out with beautifully confident and open EP Forward.



Within the genre of pop-rock, it's rare to come across bands that make such an impression on you and leave you emotionally floored. In terms of New York Alternative/pop-rock band Stress Dolls, their new January release Forward is more than a living testament to their talent as musicians but a moving work that gets under your skin raw and beautifully.


“Stripped down and emotionally hits you where it hurts, "Birthday" is a denuded and sentimental number that is possibly the most atmospheric and open track on Forward.

Starting with the first track, "Alone," the energy in this song is infectious and engaging. What is worth noting about this band is the unique nature of the vocals. While this is a statement that can be said about most bands, Chelsea's vocal control and talent are something that makes one do a double-take right from the start of the record. Combined with the spry nature of the guitar work and percussive energy, it's a great way to segway into the next few moments on Forward.

Another solid instrumental and lyrical moment within this album is "Crawl." With dirty guitar riffs, nostalgic vocals, and deep percussive resonance, you can't help but get lost in this song's whispy soundscapes.

The EP beautifully ends with the best experience on the record, "Birthday." Stripped down and emotionally hits you where it hurts, "Birthday" is a denuded and sentimental number that is possibly the most atmospheric and open track on Forward.

Forward is mature in terms of songwriting and instrumental prowess. From start to finish, it is an introspective journey that makes you feel, almost to the point where it's uncomfortable to feel those emotions. If they continue to write engaging material that pushes the boundaries of emotional territory in real-life situations, this band has a place within the scene and the industry. We need more bands that make us feel raw emotion again, this definitely is one of them.



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