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Murder In The Red Barn
Murder In The Red Barn
Ed Walters Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Sometimes it turns out well when a band acquires a new vocalist. Things went all right for Van Halen. Further Seems Forever seems to be doing quite well without Chris Carabba. But the key is to get a vocalist who can not only sing, but also sound right within the structure of the band. Murder in the Red Barn forgot this most essential of requirements when recruiting their newest member.

The vocals on this EP are especially grating, but even when disregarding such an annoyance this EP can't salvage itself from the monotony. These mere five tracks all sound incredibly similar in sound and quite quickly become a snooze-fest. Irritating vocals and a bland sound make this EP a forgettable listen. It may be rhythmic, you may be able to bob your head to it, but I don't know why you would want to. Murder in the Red Barn maybe claim to be innovative and experimental but I've never heard such a bland experimentation.

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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