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The Plea - I Am The Miracle (Single Review)

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 Written by Ryan Tinslay
The Plea - I Am The Miracle (Single Review)

The sleepily humble village of Ballyliffin isn’t exactly known for the birthplace of Indie-Rock bands. A view that is fairly much agreed upon for most of its history, that was until local foursome The Plea’s tightly thumping Indie tune, ‘I Am The Miracle’, hit the shelves.

ImageA concept, that in the past only one certain bearded figure has been able to live up to, makes this biblical claim sound too good to be true. But with a rather spectacular introduction of overdriven guitar, played in a manner to be the envy of Noel Gallagher, and a kick drum that smashes its way into your neighbors’ front room, it’s very hard to resist the temptation of throwing yourself to your feet (or in their dreams, the merch store).
Once the Irish quartet have grabbed every cell in your body and held them to attention, they continue down a path of delay-filled guitar lines and unexpected Spanish vocabulary – a mixture that is not necessarily in demand but hits the spot nicely. The chorus overflows with exploding crash cymbals and snare drums that are designed with the sole purpose to force you to nod along in a potentially dangerous, yet sophisticated manner. They integral part of the song is the repetition of the line ‘I Am The Miracle’, leaving no uncertainty over their views.
Unfortunately there are a few negatives that follow this song. The structure is far too repetitive, and after one listen you feel as if you have heard everything they have ever created and everything that will follow in the future, which ironically is anything but a miracle. Although it has many of the key ingredients of a great U2 (or any other world-renowned rock band) track, it lacks in fields such as an eye-popping guitar solo and the all-time favourite cliché – the “wow” factor. Probably down to the fact that the track dies out without making much fuss after almost 4 minutes of good music. Nevertheless the chorus line is still stupendously catchy and an image of a few thousand fans singing along in de-tuned harmony, raising their hands to the sky is not one that seems impossible for this up and coming band.
The self-confident lyrics seem to express their desire to break even further into the Indie scene, and based on this showing their chances appear to be pretty good. There is no doubt that this song is fun and catchy, but does it live up to its holy name? I’m afraid not, as miracles tend not to repeat themselves, unlike the monotonous structure of this song.

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