Album Review: Fifty Sixx - 'Prescriptions For The Rich (EP)'

14 November 2007 | 4:32 pm | Staff Writer
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Solid effort from Sydney siders...

“Prescriptions For The Rich”

is the sophomore EP for Sydney's Fifty Sixx, and while they're not ready

to turn the music world on its head just yet, it does show a great deal

of promise   for the band's future. 

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First and foremost, front man

Ben Britton has a cracking set of pipes on him... kind of similar to

the guy from The Butterfly Effect (the band, not the movie) except Ben's

band doesn't suck. While there's nothing wrong with the musical aspect

of Fifty Sixx it is most definitely the vocal performance that separates

them from the hundreds of other Australian pop rock bands. 

Opening number “Money Can't

Buy Class” is an upbeat affair and was a good choice to start this

EP off. The riffs are crunchy and the song is easy to get into but it's

the vocals that really give this song its edge, both from a melodic

and lyrical standpoint. It's always refreshing to hear someone crooning

about something other than girls and Ben's analysis of the “celebrity

focused, drug fuelled mess” (his words, not mine) that is this world

is pretty spot on in my book. 

“Life Inside” is a slower

tune that is more pop than rock, but still a good listen nonetheless

and the sparse arrangements that litter “Hope” give Fifty Sixx's

vocal department another chance to shine. 

A lot of bands include a ballad

on their records, many of which fall short when compared to the rest

of their catalgoue but “The Gift” is a worthy inclusion. Musically

the song is the EP's standout but it's the lyrics which are truly memorable

as they are a reflective passage about one of the band members losing

his father to cancer. “Breathless” closes the record out with another

quality melody and some intricate guitar work which climaxes  

with an impressive solo in the song's mid section. 

The packaging (courtesy of The

Kingdom Of Sad Machines) of this EP looks fantastic and the production

– while a little too polished for my liking – does the band's songs

justice. I'm keen to see what these guys can come up with next time.

  1. Money Can't Buy Class
  2. Life Inside
  3. Hope
  4. The Gift
  5. Breathless