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The Shore
The Shore
Maverick Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
With acts like this on their roster, it's no surprise that Maverick records has lost $66 million in the past five years. At best, the Shore produce standard, trite top 40 mid-tempo tunes. Songwriter and front man Ben Ashley spews songs drenched in saccharine sincerity, and his attempts to diversify sounds always end up digging his own grave.

"Firefly" sounds like typical manufactured drivel. The pseudo-country track "Hold On" annoys with its over-sentimentality. Obviously, this is the Shore's attempt at a top 40 please-don't-leave-me ballad, but lyrics like "you better believe me/ when I say/ baby please/ hold on/ to it" sound goofy and dramatically uninspired.

With "Makes Me Feel Free" the band tries their chance at Eastern influenced pop rock, but the attempt flounders about like a bird with a broken wing.

Before subjecting my ears to "I Found You," I hold my breath in mock suspense of what's next to come. Electronica? Big Band Swing? Reggae Grooves? I wait to be horrified (or at least slightly amused), but the last track simply resorts back to the pseudo-country antics of "Hold On." I can't help but think that this song is even too bad to fit on a Kid Rock record.

Hopefully I can find a used CD store to take this off my hands because rotting on the shelves is a much worse - but fitting - fate than an eternity as a coaster.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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