The Shondes, The Garden
By J. Edward Keyes for eMusic
The latest from Brooklyn band combines big, gleaming anthemic hooks with rushing violins and tense, nervy guitars. There’s a heft to these songs that commands attention — a confidence and a sense of purpose. Imagine a tougher take on the Pretenders or a less-melodramatic Amanda Palmer or Patti Smith at her best and you’re getting close. Huge hooks, delivered with gusto.