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Musica en Flagrante
Redfez Records

Rating: 5.5/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Like an academic sort with no studies left to pursue, or the constantly shifting body of unemployed persons (which nowadays are synonymous ideas), Dreadnaught is a well practiced but inefficient entity. When the band's newest resume, Musica en Flagrante, was placed on the desk that is my 5-disc CD carousel, it came across as incomplete, and lacked a strong enough thesis to compel me to hire them unto entertaining my ears on a regular basis.

"Eclectic" is the first word that comes to mind when describing Dreadnaught. The instrumentation used on the album is by far the most overall conspicuous element, which can be distracting, and often has the listener grasping for some form of rock normalcy.

With Musica en Flagrante, keys are not just keys, but are often affected to sound like church or hockey rink organs, grand pianos, ambient background noise and vibrato monsters. Other instruments like harmonica, strings and horns bring a traditional rock dimension into the works. However, this only tailors the compositions to a more erratic, novelty feel. One can see that this group is more focused on details (and production) and less on the whole picture of each song - or for that matter, the play of the entire album.

Several tracks contain an edge of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's quirky musical exploits, though Dreadnaught does not pull it off with the same tenacity, vision, natural flow or creativity as ELP. On Musica en Flagrante, transitions stray from original song ideas, tangents arise from a musical desert where riffs are as common as rolling tumbleweeds, and parts with actual substance are the desperate sun-bleached cattle skulls.

There are a couple upsides though. "Tiny Machines," "Pull Your Pants Down (Pants Down)," "Back Through Newport, Rhode Island," and "Royal Jelly" are songs that I wish there were more of - but just like the Los Angeles Lakers teams of a couple years back, the discrepancy between starters and bench are astronomical.

For Dreadnaught, Musica en Flagrante seems like a resume builder on the way to better places - a temp job before they hit it big as rock's newest CEO.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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