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Rhythm of Black Lines
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Six Gun Lover Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
This is Rhythm of Black Lines' second release on Six Gun Lover. It has a whopping six new songs (more than four), same ridiculous type of names, one less constant member, and some really neat cover art. That's the boring part covered.

For those of you who haven't heard Rhythm of Black Lines before, i can best and cheaply explain them as The Sea and Cake with Paul Newman adding a guitar to put in a little interest, like those gross-yet-tantalizing floating things in that disgusting Orbitz drink that you can only find in antique supermarkets or vending machines in the middle of the desert. This is a cheap comparison in the fact that Paul Newman is actually present on some of the songs and used to play with them live until he moved on to New York City. ROBL still sound great, adding complex bass lines, funky drumming, and layered effect laden guitars to create a liquid sound. There are very few vocals present but added, they flow right into the rest of the music being sung quietly, almost whispered on the title track, or chanted percussively on "Jeep Jackson". The action and power is apparent right from the first few playful measures of "Chucho Meets the White Lion" (possibly the least crappy name on the disc, though it sounds like the title of a Drums and Tuba song). The beginning of "Preferred Customer," which appears to be played by other musicians more so than the actual band, has the feel of one of the composer Esquivel's super experimental arrangements in the mid 1950's.

There are some good tracks on here but after a while if you have nothing else to do and are concentrating fully on the music it is possible to get bored with this CD. Very rarely is a band able to come out with an album that rivets a listener to his or her seat for the entire duration. Perhaps that's why ROBL only put six songs on this release, as a concern for their listeners. That alone should make one warm enough to give them a listen.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon

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