Goldfinger - Disconnection Notice
By Kevin Wierzbicki
Goldfinger got pegged as a ska band early
in their career but that misnomer should finally be shattered with the
release of Disconnection Notice. There is very little of the danceable
island sound on the record, but beyond that, main man John Feldmann has
taken strides to give the band its own recognizable sound. Feldmann certainly
knows what he’s looking for, having written for and/or produced for the
likes of Good Charlotte, Mest, the Used, No Motiv, Showoff and Story of
While the songs here are fairly well written,
the first half of Disconnection Notice gets bogged down in a sameness that
fails to make the band stand out from dozens of others vying for radio
time. But the latter half has a few sparklers, starting with “FBI.” The
song begins with part of a pro-vegan speech (Feldmann doesn’t eat meat)
delivered in a militant tone by a woman with a British accent. That in
itself is intriguing, but then the bass and drums kick into a ska beat
as Feldmann rails against corporate greed and other evils hidden “behind
the mask.” It doesn’t seem to make sense that the song is called “FBI,”
but it doesn’t matter---the song is by far the album’s highlight.
“Iron Fist” is another goody, a power-popper
where Feldmann alternates verses with his vocals processed or double-tracked.
“Walk Away” also rocks right along with Feldmann waxing a sweet vocal that
brings to mind the ’80s hit-makers, the Outfield.
The set closes with the infinitely hummable
“Stalker,” a humorous reading about how getting too much attention can
turn out to be a good thing after all. No need to fast-forward through
the first part of this record, its okay. But the future of Goldfinger lies
in track 7 and beyond.
- Disconnection Notice
Release Date: 2/15/05
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