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"All Music Guide"

Throw XTC's first album, the Jam’s first album, Gang of Four's first two albums and maybe one or two Weezer singles into a blender, and you'd end up with something that sounds kind of like this bracing blast of jagged rock'n'roll from the Philadelphia-based Cordalene. - All Music Guide

"Blue EP Review"

What Cordalene does in the short 15 minutes that make up this EP should probably be considered dangerous: They whip up a batch of catchy, melodic tunes that won’t loosen their grip no matter what you do. A cross between the Monkees, the Ramones and a random sampling of what makes today’s hits today’s hits, Cordalene are a refreshing snort of fine whiskey after a night of PBR. -, Jedd Beaudoin

"Blue EP Review"

After opening spots with Rooney, it was very easy for the uninitiated to cast Philly pop tarts Cordalene as another pretty-boy no-trick pony, but the awkward thrash and swinging pop music revealed on the group's second self-titled, color-coordinated EP reveals some aspirations for greatness that are not chemically-induced. Exhibiting their new line-up, they've got some of the catchiest songs going in their own little Elvis Costello- and The Cars-influenced niche (see Phantom Planet, etc.), making the perfect whispery croon meet with chopped squeals from guy and guitar alike. "Imaginary" shows all their tricks, with catchy hooks and swift beats that could be Semisonic if Dan Wilson knew how to dance. All the girls will faint and all the boys will get jealous—and Cordalene haven't even made their break yet!
-, Rob Macy

"Band Review"

Any rock band that wants to make it needs a combination of strong musicianship, hard-hitting lyrics and noteworthy vocals. But there's another element that matters more than talent in our sad, sold-out music culture: the cute factor. If you're lucky, you get talent + cute, as in the case of Philly's Cordalene. The local quartet is poised to blow up big, for two reasons. First, they've got Mike Kiley as lead singer, who--along with solid songwriting skills and a soulful voice--is undeniably Teen magazine material. Second, they've got the chops to back Kiley up, with Jamie Olson on guitar, Jim McGuinn on bass and Joe Boyle on drums. Cordalene's music is peppery, full-throttle rock 'n' roll that has smart-guy airplay appeal.
- Philadelphia Weekly, Liz Spikol

"Cordalene (Manic Pop Thrill ***1/2)."

The four bracing originals on this second Cordalene EP combine the best of rowdy rock and accomplished power-pop: They're twitchy in an early new-wave way, but unlike so much new wave, never fey. Tracks such as the two-minute "Ghost" hurtle along on the strength of jabbing guitars and Mike Kiley's bratty, don't-give-a-damn vocals. If the originals don't make you want a full-length album out of Cordalene, the bonus track, a genius reworking of Burt Bach-arach's "My Little Red Book," will.

- Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Moon


Red Ep
Blue EP
The Star Ledger LP to be released early 2006


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CORDALENE is razor sharp cotton candy - “…raw, yet infectious lo-fi rock n’ roll with punk energy, pop hooks, and garage attitude” (Kings of A&R). Hailing from Philadelphia, Cordalene has amassed a large following in their hometown and beyond, sharing the stage with the likes of Weezer, Phantom Planet, My Morning Jacket, Ben Lee, Dashboard Confessional, Rooney, and The Comas. Cordalene’s edgy rock sound feels right at home on college radio, a dance club or your car stereo.

CORDALENE was founded in early 2000 by Jamie Olson (guitar, vocals) as an indie-rock/alterna-country outfit, and recorded their first album in 2001. After a massive reorganization, Mike Kiley (lead vocals, guitar) joined Cordalene in 2002, and drummer Joe Boyle joined shortly thereafter. Jeff Anderson is the most recent addition, further focusing the bands sound. In late 2005, CORDALENE paired up with producer Brian McTear (Burning Brides, Matt Pond PA, Capitol Years, Hail Social) to create THE STAR LEDGER.

CORDALENE’s music successfully reflects the varied backgrounds and diversity of its members. The band wields a sound with, “…depth and thoughtful honesty, with…music behind the lyrics [that] rocks hard enough to give songs that would otherwise sound like ballads some real head-nod appeal.”

The songs on THE STAR LEDGER reflect the uncertainty and excitement of developing love. Mike Kiley explains that moving to Phila, “…was an incredible time - one in which I was discovering a new city, a new love, and a new sense of self.” It was during this time that he wrote THE STAR LEDGER.

Before signing with Dalloway Records in 2006, Cordalene self-released two EPs including the Blue EP, which charted at number 30 on CMJ and number 15 on specialty radio and contained the track “Imaginary,” which appeared on the Warped Tour 2003 compilation (Side One Dummy Records).

CORDALENE’s THE STAR LEDGER will be released on Dalloway Records in 2006.