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Transcendence
Nothing is Cohesive
TMG Records

Rating: 4.5/10 ?


May 27, 2005
During the 70s, a gigantic fissure shot through the rock and roll aesthetic and divided rockers into two groups: those who sought to attain rock glory through playing the most primal, filthy music possible and those who sought to turn their craft into the biggest production possible, leaving music fans torn between the two poles of punk rock and cock rock. On one end you had The Damned, and on the other Styx; though many listeners' tastes fell somewhere in between the two extremes and involved a fair share of aesthetic criss-crossing, musicians fell squarely into one camp or the other, and still do to this day.

Transcedence is a stylistically diverse outfit driven by Ed Hale's caterwauling, strong-enough-for-the-dudes, sensitive-enough-for-the-chicks vocals and Fernando Perdomo's veritable smorgasbord of wailing, testosterone-charged guitar leads; the band rocks in a lighters in the air, girlfriend resting atop shoulders, "Four bucks for a goddamn bottle of water?!" sense.

Sure, they prune back (or can't afford) enough layers of sheen to let their distortion pedals bleed out a little and their drums swing a bit, and they devote greater attention to melody than the Nicklebacks of the world, but there's no sense of danger whatsoever on Nothing Is Cohesive. Like most unabashed pop fodder, these songs practically get down on their knees and plead for you to embrace them, losing any and all capacity to challenge and, as a result, rock the listener in the process.

As U2 have proven, even anthemic rock bands can occasionally overcome their innocuousness and create viable art; Transcendence, though, simply can't stay interesting for the duration of an entire song. Most of Nothing Is Cohesive lives up to the album's title, with sloppy verse/chorus transitions that lose the plot quickly, dashed melodic sensibilities, broken by "epic" keyboard settings and Perdomo's over-embellishments. It's too much, really - and Transcendence? Anything but.

Reviewed by Phillip Buchan
A one-time music director at WUOG in Athens, Phillip is into college radio, literature, writing, buying records, going to shows, talking to friends, learning -- pretty much the same stuff that all of us priveledged, (pseudo?)intellectual Americans are into.

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