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Bent-Til-Broken
Reverse Blow Show
Self-Released

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Bent-Til-Broken are trapped in the wrong decade. They play plodding hard rock, circa 1991. If they had emerged when bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden were rocking the airwaves, they may have had a chance to sell some records and gain "tide-me-over" status on the rock circuit: the notoriety produced as the CD to buy until the follow up to Facelift was released, or at least until Badmotorfinger made it's debut (fill in any other pseudo grunge/hard-rock outfit with any modicum of talent), even though these four happen to be from the Midwest, not Seattle.

There's little to like here. For starters, this is a three-song EP. Sure, there's a fourth hidden track, but it's not from some dynamic, talented band, so that doesn't exactly add to the enjoyment factor. There's really not much happening musically. There aren't any innovative progressions or rhythms to speak of, just your mundane mid-tempo, rock. I have the impression that most folks giving this EP a listen will be reminded of countless other bands, and quickly forget about this disc altogether.

Lyrically the album is even more devastating, with little gems of personal torment stemming from relationships, I assume. It reads like an excerpt from the prepubescent school of rhyming poetry. If the music had any style at all, this would be forgivable, but coupled with the fact that Bent-Til-Broken is a frontrunner for mediocrity, there seems little left to gain from these songs than nostalgia and the gratitude that the nineties are over.

On the plus side, they're from Champaign, where I spent four years of my life developing a nasty drinking problem and glaring at frat boys… strike that; Champaign was a bad influence.

Now if someone could just fix this nu-metal problem we have…

Reviewed by David Spain
Based in Chicago, Illinois, David Spain is a contributing writer for LAS magazine.

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