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Liner Notes: CD Reviews

 published on Thursday, November 10, 2005


Daughters of Fission
self released
3 out of 5 stars

The members of Daughters of Fission say that they are glad to be playing at a time when "heavy" and "avant garde" music are more widely accepted; however, abandonatomy doesn't sound particulary heavy or avant garde. Daughters of Fission sounds more like another radio rock band like Incubus or Disturbed, than the progressive, paradigm-shifting band they proclaim to be. "Forgotten Country" does offer a nice change of pace from the chugging guitar choruses and occasional soaring synth lines, but for the most part, the album drags along at the same mid-tempo pace. Some tracks show promise, but don't bother with this album unless you think the radio is a great place to check out new bands.


Road to Rouen
4 out of 5 stars

If Supergrass's past records are anywhere near as creative and fun as Road to Rouen, there's really no reason why they remain under the pop radar. The album is a great soundtrack for the fall, matching mellow moods with creative songwriting to create gems from the album's start to finish. Tracks such as the melancholy album closer "Fin" and the piano-driven ballad "St. Petersburg," which sounds almost like a good Elton John or Billy Joel track, are nicely offset by songs such as the fun instrumental "Coffee in the Pot," and the title track, a Jam-esque number with punchy drums. Even with the slower songs, there is a playful quality to this album that should appeal to almost anyone. In short: Brit rock without any pompous egos or pretension.


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