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There's bags of potential and no little talent on display here.

I can't say that Israel is really known for a particularly prolific Rock scene, so with Tel Aviv based Between Falls I was a little unsure what to expect, but also curious to see if their own unique cultural influences would impact the music here. 'Intimate Getaway' though owes its style and influences to classic nineties Grunge and Alternative Rock. The main twist they have though is in two distinctive vocalists, Grace Mogzamov and Simon Shocket. Most tracks feature one main lead singer rather than have an album packed full of duets, but the harmonies and backing vocals of equally strong male and female work well and compliment without disjointing the overall sound of the band.

'Love Me, Hate Me' is a typical Grunge laced opener, with Shocket taking on the vocal duties. Pearl Jam and in particular Audioslave are the main points of reference, even to the point of Shocket's voice bringing to mind similarities with Chris Cornell's powerful tone. 'Why' hands over to Mogzamov for the lead which has a bit more of a Progressive feel to it, bizarrely perhaps the phrasing and pitch of her vocals reminded me most of all of Jon Anderson during stages of the song, whilst guitarist and founder Victor Zi holds it all together with some impressive work.

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And such stays the style for most of the album... which is where the downside begins. Shocket provides most of the heavier Rock tunes whilst Mogzamov's are the more complex and Progressive moments. 'Back to Hell' and 'Alive' are highlights, the change in vocals keeps some interest in the album, not knowing which direction the next track will take, but ultimately the overall strength of the songs isn't quite enough to keep you hooked for nearly an hour. Individually the songs are fine, variation and Progression abound, but not one of them really or totally blows you away or has the killers riff to stick in your mind long after the album has ended; which really is a bit of a shame. There's bags of potential and no little talent on display here, if they can up their game in the quality of material for album number two, then Between Falls could still be something special.

Ian Parry

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