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Generals excellence: This review might be a little biased, but allow me to explain. For the past couple years I've been trying to find a CD that reminds me of outer space. You know, Weee-ooooh-waaaahhh! stuff like that. And while it seems like space music would be easy to find especially now, since we re in the future there s actually not much out there in that genre (unless you want to buy old-school Yanni, which, believe me, I ve done). The point is, I really didn t expect such a cosmic sound to come from Sacramento s the Generals. But it did. And now I can t stop listening to their latest, self-titled CD (produced by Joe Johnston at Pus Cavern). For lack of better description, the intro sounds like Buddhist yoga aliens chanting on the rings of Saturn. After the sprawling space intro plays for about a minute, Matt Sertich (vocals, guitar, keys) calls out with strength and righteous indignation, Violence / takes its toll. This alarming, anti-battle cry marks the beginning of Sing for Sorrow, the first, perhaps most beautiful song on the disc. Keyboardist, drummer and programmer Kirk Janowiak s wide-open and airy instrumentation paired with Sertich s iron-clad, focused voice is perfect. If you possess ears and a heart, the composition will blow you away. I ve seen Sertich perform with just a guitar and was knocked down by the power of his voice, which reminds me of a less pretentious Bono (or Davey Havok, if Havok had talent). In fact, it s almost impossible not to compare this disk to U2 s War: virtuous lyrics ( Now I owe you everything! Everything! ) and choruses that belong at the end of movies where the protagonists emerge triumphantly, yelling in the rain with their fists raised toward the heavens. The Generals, it turns out, are masters of tense, urgent and climactic music. Perhaps the only question is that glimmer of affect in Sertich s voice, which surfaces in some of the slower-paced ballads ( Good Morning ). Is he British or just profoundly sad? Turns out, it s just a bit of old-fashioned melodrama. ( I sat by your side and I / held on your hand so tight ). But if you can t tell from song titles like Gardens and Landscapes, the Generals are going for a certain melodramatic beauty, so an affected delivery is almost necessary. And in this age, when the instinct (and the easy way out) is to write soundtracks for doom and gloom, odes to beauty are very much needed and appreciated. With such carefully planned instrumentation, a tendency toward climaxing at the appropriate time and a sweet voice that bends toward theatrical, beauty is easily achieved. On top of all that, there s the cosmic, space aspect, which makes this CD easily one of the best out of Sacramento for the year. (Josh Fernandez) --Sacramento News and Review

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