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Grand Prize
Landmark Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
The most impressive song on this entire album is one that is titled: "Cleveland: a. Venice b. Small c. By The Way". It is a 6 minute song that is broken down into the parts a, b, and c.

a.) being a minute and a half acoustic piece with a female and male singing back and forth with two part harmonies in the background, it is almost as if they are singing back and forth to each other like in a musical.

b.) being an acoustic finger-picked piece performed by a male with some sort of strange space sound in the background.

c.) is yet another acoustic piece performed by a different male with a higher voice including falsetto's. The reason this seems so impressive to me is because the song has been picked apart into the three different parts and still manages to seem like it is the same song.

The singing on this album is top notch and the lyrics are good as well. The structure of the songs are very simple yet there is something about this that sounds different than other bands. The use of all members as singers gives them more abilities and broadens the boundaries. A lot of this album has a really folk-rock acoustic kind of feel to it. Some of it has drums and some of it doesn't some of it has two part harmonies and some of it doesn't. Its a extremely well rounded album and doesn't do too much of one thing that will make it seem repetitious. Bands that come to mind: Red House Painters, Bright Eyes, R.E.M, Velvet Underground.

Unfortunately, this album did not come with a press sheet so I don't have very much background information on The Grand Prize, all I really know is that it is on Landmark Records, which is in Louisville, Kentucky. There is no website listed in the booklet or anywhere else on the album. If you think you would like this I'm sure you could email: jtande02@athena.louisville.edu and maybe get information on how to order it.

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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