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Drist
Bitter Halo
Spunout Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
To get this off of my chest, I'm somewhat appalled at the thought of Steve Harwell having a record label under his control. Smash Mouth have contributed enough inane pop to this world without it's front man assaulting us through other means. That "Walking on the Sun" song was acceptable corporate drivel, but nobody who covers "I'm a Believer" and does it that badly should be given any sort of power in the industry.

That said, Drist are better than what I expected. And by better, I mean different. For the debut record of four early twenty-somethings Bitter Halo is a decent attempt at modern alt-rock and not the power-pop I was half-expecting. From the opening track "Normalcy," it's easy to detect a place for Drist on radio playlists right between the likes of Default and Nickelback. Singer Tyson Yen even has the Scott Stapp diluted grunge vocals down pat though, to his credit, he has a much better voice.

"Normalcy," too, also appears to be the perfect lead single, as well as the best song this disc has to offer. Usually single's don't top my list of favorite tracks, but for one reason or another "Normalcy" is the only track that stands out and manages to hold my attention.

Bitter Halo also comes complete with not one, but two token power ballads: "Dissolve" and "Surfacing." Both songs, although still very much in the Drist mold, attempt to sound more like the Deftones than Creed. And even though Tyson Yen is no Chino Moreno, it's a welcome change of pace to the record.

As far as an overall verdict goes, I'll say this: If "Normalcy" came on the radio I'd rock out to it, roll the windows down and turn it up-but I certainly wouldn't be prompted to make a detour to the record store.

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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