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Statik
Future Appletree Records

Rating: 0/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I feel like such a wet blanket reviewing this CD. I jotted down my notes, then I started noticing reviews popping up all over the place. I read on to see if others agreed with my stance, and found nothing but glowing praise for Statik. It's incomprehensible to me, because I've popped it in several times to try and hear what they're hearing, but I just don't. I don't care for this at all.

Try to think of the strained, nasal, Corgan-esque vocals of We Ragazzi crossing paths with the Prom's key-based pop. I'd equate Statik to cheesy A.M. fool's gold, even after all I've read. It's definitely hard to be diplomatic.

There's an effeminate, Queen-styled rock opus ("Confession"), a staid, halting number that picks up only to morph into an indulgent, jam band mess ("Statik"), a call to hip-hop/Billie Jean with scraping, guttural vocals and a lack of momentum ("Volume Switch"), a lofty, hopeful U2-inspired song done wrong by fake handclaps and 80s key riffs ("Black as Soul") and a gross, sing-speak piece ("The Last Crowd") that turned me way off.

The final two tracks - "Vs. Cobra" and "Kings Lead Hat" - are by far the best, but by then, I'd all but given up on the album. The former taunts a Pixies-like bass line, deep drums and sawing guitars with a good-but-not-great result, and the latter has the surfy energy and slick fun this album so sorely needed throughout, but came too little too late.

I wish I could say that my eyes (ears?) were opened with repeat listens, but sadly, they were not. I truly hate writing reviews like these, because I genuinely want to like everything that comes across my desk, and I, of course, want to be fair. Statik left me feeling like I had a thick residue all over my skin, one I wanted to rinse off right away. It could just be it's not my style; I could very well be the only person on the earth who wouldn't give this a shining review. Be that as it may, I guess I'll leave it for you to check out, as opinions do surely vary in this case. Sorry, guys, it's not for lack of trying…

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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