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Bottom of the Hudson
The Omaha Record
Absolutely Kosher Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
In order to be fair to this disc, I had to re-think my opinion of what an album really is. Does there have to be a coherence, a thread that binds the tracks together to form the overall product? Does the arrangement of the songs have to be in an order that mimics the literary map of introduction to conclusion? Can an album just be appreciated as the stylistic meandering of an artist trying to create for the sake of creating?

Eli Simon (aka Bottom of the Hudson) collected all of his instruments, ideas, and a four track and headed for the living room. The resulting album, The Omaha Record, is collection of two demos that were dropped on the doorstep of Absolutely Kosher Records. I'm not sure of this, but from the finished product it almost sounds as if AK just set to putting them onto CD. The resulting mish-mash is a muddy and scattershot collage of styles and influences.

The opener, "Motorcaid", finds Simon doing his best David Bowie over an indie march. A bit of Sgt. Pepper shows up on "Eagle Eye" and there is even some of Tobin Sprout and a good chunk of the Elephant 6 collective thrown in at various places in the album for some experimental/neo-psychedelia flare. "Chilling Sorcerer" starts with a Doobie Brothers sound-alike acoustic picking that introduces a jangling college-rock bridge and then climaxing in a distorted glam blast. "Red Election" nods toward mid '90s spacey vox-rock that has a slight Imperial Teen lean to it.

There are enough twists, turns, and about faces on this record to keep just about any indie rock fan interested, but it's short attention span and low production values leave it to languish in a cloud of... I wouldn't exactly say unrealized potential, but perhaps half-realized potential. This disc has so many great qualities, that I feel like I should ignore it's shortcomings and appreciate it as a journal of an artist experimenting and exploring different paths. However, there is also that part of me that uses music as a tool, or perhaps as a drug, to enhance an experience or to elevate a mood. In that regard, The Omaha Record is the equivalent of a mixed bag of colorful pills. In most cases it may not be what you need, but it's sure to make you feel something.

Reviewed by John Peters
A former contributing writer for LAS, John married former music editor Sarah Iddings. That\'s the last we heard from him.

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