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Open your heart, and let nothing in, nothing out...
on June 6, 2012
No. I want to stop there, with just "No" and call it a review, but, since the album title could be seen from the perspective of a question, I feel the need to not let my "No" be taken as a response to that question. Okay, so, the other kiddies here are all diggin' on this album, and, I will not tell other people what they shouldn't listen to, but, I will say that -I- did not enjoy this album. And I would've let mom's advice, well, not my mom, but -somebody's- mom's advice about "not saying anything if you don't have anything nice to say" stand as it is, yet, these other reviews list so many worthy bands that I feel they may be a bit -misleading-.
Pearly wisdom aside, this band, at least on the album in question, has no place to be mentioned with some of the actually great groups, with actually great songs who are actually worth checking out mentioned in several of these reviews who seem to remind those reviewers of things they like. Good for you, kids. And good for you for probably composing better sentences than I seem to be vomiting up here. Simply put, what I see is: a decent opening track "Turn It Around" (sure, I'm feelin' groovy at this point, piqued) followed by go-nowhere jams that you and your mates could probably bash out after some Jager and a good busting from your boss, and beyond that, maybe a strum or two of bemused faux-country that only endeared me to itself because: a. it had a semblance of something vaguely song-ish amidst the monotony (and not in a gradual, satisfying way like Godspeed! or even, I dunno, heck, maybe Philip Glass might offer) of the wide swath of "who-cares" that is in the wake of the, maybe a bit standard but at least groovin' and given conviction (although don't know when to let it die) first song--- sorry, I can't compose when I'm annoyed, hmmm... ... ... I'm talking about the song "Candy" here. Okay, b. it has the redeemable and honest enough ol' lyric "quit my job, now I can stay out all night" kinda stuff. ... Alright, I'm feelin' the Great Recession, too, so, eff it all, good toe tappin' toss one back-er. And, c. I have a fond memory for Candy Loving, Playboy's Jan.'79 and 25th anniversary model. But there's a better song for that... ahem... anyway... Pop is not a four letter word. Maybe it should be. Any of the bands mentioned in the other reviews could surely give it an extra P.
Closer "Ex-Dreams" has some good riffing, undeveloped, and there is some solid crunch throughout but nothing ever goes anywhere, coalesces into anything, develops a riff into a cycle, a cycle into a song, a song into a movement, has a memorable tune, exists as just simply music for music's sake or goes beyond filling hard drive space or plastic disc. You can check it if you want, but any second of Zep, Husker Du, Sonic Youth or what have you that you might get is so totally fleeting and buried within rubbage so deep it gives me hope that indie bloggers might like my band... ... ... ... ... Wholly s____... ... ... hmmm... Gotta send that off, now... ... See ya.