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After the outsider success of Beck's previous works (most notably
Odelay and 1993's slacker anthem "Loser"), the press
build-up to Guero (that's Spanish for "white boy",
if you didn't know) has sounded more like the second coming than an
While the whinny-boy world of emo continues the spread (or "ooze"),
the sub-genre of emo/hardcore has spawned what must truly be one of
the strangest fusions of all musical history: Christian emo/hardcore.
While bands like Sinai Beach hide behind metal-gear outfits and "deep"
expressions (either that or they're slightly constipate-d...), it
doesn't take long to find a few hints: song titles like "To The
Church", lots of lyrics with the word heaven in them, thanking
Jesus in the liner notes (do you ever wonder if Jesus gets a little
tired of getting credit for everything?
Musician: "Thanks Jesus for your inspiration!" (Jesus:
"Let me guess: you're gonna play that emo crap...") While
nobody's saying that the people who believe that the giant invisible
old man with magical powers who lives in the sky and wants money all
the time are tryin' a little back door entry into mainstream a la
Intelligent Design, if the shoe fits...
As far as the actual music, this is competently produced crap. Mike Dunlap on drums knows his rolls pretty well, and Logan Lambert has a decent crunch to his sound, and CJ Alderson's voice...well, it works for emo well enough. Since Immersed is their first album, some of the repetitive nature here can be excused, and with enough work and time, this beach might be worth visiting. but check the water first. Brandon Whitehead (posted 4/15/05)
Please, someone, get Andy Masters some players and a long-term gig,
Cutting a CD like A Tribute to Joe Pass where Masters
only plays the guitar for 15 cuts might happen because a jazz
musician cant get enough work in KC to make a living. Yeah right,
and such speculation is a good opportunity to lay a bitch down about
the dismal jazz scene for most players in KC. But its no comment
on Masters playing; the guy is quality, through and through.
But the limitations of only playing a guitar shows. Some tunes seemed
rushed as Masters shifts to strum to be his own rhythm section. And
some songs arent all that recognizable.
But others are good. With Stanley Turntines Sugar,
Ellingtons A Train and Miles Davis All
Blues, Masters overcomes the limitations. The jazz standard
Take Five is particularly good.
But, as I say, Masters is so good he shouldnt be so lonely. Bruce Rodgers (posted 4/15/05)
After the unexpected mega-success of QOTSAs 2002 release Songs
for the Deaf (which caused one of the largest cases of I
cant get this damn song out of my head its
with their bass-bouncy single No One Knows), the pressure
was on for more. Given the fact that bad-boy lead vocalist Josh Homme
had to do it alone (bass player & N.A. poster child Nick Oliveri
was booted out after his antics got to be a bit much for Homme, and
if Josh Homme is saying youve had too much you-know-what, youve
had way too much you-know-what, man), expectations were mostly held
With plenty of backing from Dr. Dre and that Slim Shady guy, all
50 Cent really needs to make The Massacre a massive monetary
success is to follow the gansta-rap rules of their own holy trinity:
Shootin', smackin' Hoes and thanking Jesus. And boy, does this two-bit
do just that.
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