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90 Day Men
To Everybody
Southern Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Throw them out. Any preconceived notion you may have about the 90 Day Men, that is. And make no mistake about the healthy addition of pianist Andy Lansangan, a move which has transformed this once post-punk math-rock Chicago powerhouse into a contemporary ensemble of beauty. True, Lansangan did appear on the band's previous Southern release (It (is) it) Critical Band, but the impact on To Everybody is like a sweet evolution.

Proving they are musicians capable of pulling off beautiful textures that can only be described as psychedelic ambiance, this release is certainly to be valued by critics and listeners alike. To Everybody opens with the seemingly monk-esque chants of bassist Robert Lowe, and not far in lead vocalist Brian Case slips into the mix with vocals sung/slurred to an exact science. From that point on, the tone is set for the remainder of the six song epic. Unconditionally, this album is precisely what the doctor ordered. Off-set melodies toppled by Lansangan's controlling piano rhythms come as a welcome change to the typical verse-chorus-verse song structure we have all become to accustom. The song-writing ability here is just uncanny, the 90 Day Men giving a lesson in odd rhythms, composition, and classical styles.

By far the piano is the lead of choice on most songs here. Blended together with Case's carefully crafted guitar riffs, this combo is hard to shake. The piano and guitar blend together as if they have been practicing, re-working, and fine-tuning these songs for years. On the other hand, the drums are not as easy to place. The high-hat and snare seem to have a set reverb quality behind them that brings me back to my Led Zeppelin days. Cayce Key handles the drums with tomahawk power; slow and relaxed when needed, but never lacking.

This album is as elegant as its paint by number cover art, stripped down to a minimum and black and white, yet just as colorful as any over-produced pop hit sensation. The music is quite similar in comparison. Stripped down to a drum/bass/guitar/piano/vocal compound, but ear candy nonetheless. I'm not going to lie to you, the sound of the 90 Day Men has changed. Not a forced we need to switch musical genres to sell more records change, but rather an evolutionary change. Which one could only compare to those science films where the caterpillar changes into the butterfly. This record should put the 90 Day Men into the record books. It's got my vote.

Reviewed by Justin Grimm
A contributing writer for LAS, JG used to live in Bloomington, Illinois, and played guitar in a band called North By Northwest. Word on the street is that he now lives in Chicago and, (much to the ladies\' delight or dismay, depending on how you look at it) he has been procreating. To find Justin, just google \"juice454\" and something, like what he\'s been listening to, will pop up.

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