|Ghost of the Russian Empire
With Fiercest Demolition
(Thirty Ghost Records)
by Jericho Brown
What an influence Coldplay has had on the modern music scene! Track three of this album starts off sounding a great deal like Coldplay's "Clocks"--not nearly as good, but a good shot.
The songs on this album aren't bad. There are two things holding them back. First, every song sounds like the other songs on the album. Sure, small parts are different, but they devolve down into a homogenized single-songed organism. Second, the lead singer has a lovely voice, but mumbling on key is not what I would consider singing. Singers should ENUNCIATE! Out of the six songs worth of lyrics on this disc, I could clearly identify twelve or thirteen words. At times the singing is buried under the instruments--which is just poor engineering, the rest of the time it's because the singer isn't really singing.
There is some catchy tuneage here, but maybe this band needs to spend less on chemical enhancements and more on a good engineer.
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