Born in the Heavy has considerable stoner rock elements inserted in the inner layers of its music, which gives to the sound very aggressive features, that adds interesting colors to its well flavored artistic inclinations. With a spontaneous playfulness that has on the core of its style a solid and coherent approach, Born in the Heavy can be regarded as a characteristic exemplar of the genre in several points. Unfortunately, this observation is valid not only for the good ones, but for the bad ones too. If the record has a consistent sound, it should be noted that Born in the Heavy suffers extensively from the main flaws of the genre, and the most terrible of these is certainly the sugar pop shaped songs syndrome, which deeply affects most bands in the indie rock scenario. Excessively happy and uplifting rhythms combined with graceful appraisals of an existentialist combination of clichés contaminates the anatomy of several songs, to the point that sometimes you have the feeling that you are listening to a moderately hazardous rock version of NSYNC.
Born in the heavy is not a bad album, but unfortunately, they aren’t successful in avoiding or deviating from the congenital fails inherent to the genre. So, in the end, they deliver something that manages to be only a little better than just another regular and generic indie rock album. Something similar to a Kings of Leon meets Sting, or anything in this same line of reference.
In the end, Born in the Heavy is recommendable only to very ardent enthusiasts of indie rock. This album suffers from a very critical condition, that is not a problem of the band itself, but it’s something deeper and disgraceful, that affects the entire genre, and whose main symptoms are the excessive use of clichés, monotonous melodies, sentimental poetry and the abuse of an existentialist quest for meaning, reminiscent of thoughts from a teenager that recently had seen his mom naked. So, if you are searching for something with an artistic scope more wise and meaningful than the one offered by this work, I strongly suggest you to skip this album entirely.