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Music Reviews

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Fat Possum
Roman Evening
Together Now
Bitter Stag Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Roman Evening is a pair of musicians, Adam and Micheal, and on the recording Together Now, they recruited a group of local musicians to accompany them on this release. Within the group was Bruce Kaphan and Tim Mooney of the American Music Club. The two musicians Adam Klein and Micheal Mullen began writing songs together in 1996. Many influences are apparent on this album, bands such as U2, Mercury Rev, Sparklehorse, American Music Club, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Big Star, Belle and Sebastian. These are not exclusively influences, some of them can either double or single as comparisons.

The added musicians on this album give the group a solid sound that wouldn't have been possible otherwise. Many instruments were added to the original guitar/keyboard/singer mix, such as organ, synthesizer, bass, piano, drums, trumpet and a pedal steel. In the end the outcome of all the instruments recorded together was rather successful.

For the most part this is a very solid release and is produced, designed and executed perfectly. This album may have done better with critics and listeners ten years ago because many of their influences seem to be from a different time frame. Nowadays there are just so many bands that do the same thing. Many of them go unnoticed without recognition then break up with out many people hearing them. The fact that there are so many outstanding and amazing bands that will go unheard. Hopefully Bitter Stag Records will pitch this towards the right audience and people will gain another band to there ever-growing list.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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