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Crown 10
Crown 10
So Cal Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
So this is decent post-grunge alt-rock... with the drummer from 24-7 Spyz! No, the second drummer. There's a group you don't hear about much anymore. Unfortunately, that's the most interesting thing about this recording; the presence of a drummer from a funk/metal band who here brings very little funk and no metal to the proceedings. Well, the band works a bit of a groove on "Chances," but it's pretty meek.

The band's bio states that the music could be compared to "a combination of John Mayer, Parliament/Funkadelic and Kings X," which is pretty accurate, if "Parliament/Funkadelic" is removed and "Kings X" means their '90s eponymous album. Parliament was famous for incredible solos (Eddie Hazel doesn't get enough respect), remarkably consistent albums, great arrangements and a legendary live show. I'm not hearing any of the first three in Crown 10 and the fourth seems unlikely.

Of course the above-mentioned influences could be poorly-veiled code for Red Hot Chili Peppers, and although Crown 10 is stripped down compared to latter-day Peppers and tame compared to early Peppers, they do sound like them, without the energy or the sleek production. James Brady's singing is also vaguely reminiscent of Anthony Kiedis circa "Under the Bridge."

But beyond that this is very tame, very boring alt-rock thatů what the hell, I'm sure everyone stopped reading after the band compared itself to John Mayer. At least I got to write about Parliament for a bit.

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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