The ten tracks on Melody Den touch on broken love, long roads and mid-life revelations. The lyrics veer towards cliché a little too often, but Chechik can occasionally salvage the lyric and spin it into something lovely or poignant. "Twenty Miles" finds a doomed couple approaching their relationship's end in the prison of a road-tripping car, and the isolation and desperation of the story is reflected in the sparseness of the instrumentation. The band handles the rockers as well as the ballads; "Save Your Sermons" rocks with a sinister, snearing edge, while "Let Me Sleep" changes the mood with a guitar-pickin', floor-stompin' blues tempo. Melody Den gives a varied tour of Americana's back roads though like a ride through the Kansas cornfields, you'll swear you've seen the sights somewhere before.
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