Don't raise your expectations

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 June, 2008, 12:00am

The story behind Until June is like a coming-of-age Hollywood comedy. Determined that their music be heard, the two Ballard brothers left their home town with two friends for the metropolis of Los Angeles to try their luck.

It was a bumpy and difficult journey. Knowing no one in LA, they tried all means imaginable to sell their pop rock music to labels, reportedly 'hopping the fence at Capitol Records and putting flyers on cars'.

While the other two gave up, the brothers persisted and found a new drummer. They set themselves a deadline for June 2005 - they'd give up if they didn't have a record deal by then.

As a movie script would dictate, the band made a deal with Sony BMG.

After a long struggle, you might expect great things. But their self-titled debut album of melodic soft rock falsetto, indie guitar riffs and gloomy lyrics about bygone love isn't as good as it could be.

First two tracks Sleepless and What I've Done are catchy singles that once topped the US chart. While Unnoticed is a slow, tearful piece of alternative rock, Outer Space is more like a cheesy boy-band ballad. The energetic Don't Walk Away is an uplifting surprise.

The album isn't bad. It's easy to like and features some pleasant surprises. However, it's just as easy to forget.