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Edgewater - South Of Sideways
By samdamonkey

“Everything’s Bigger In Texas,” or so goes one of the Lonestar State’s numerous mottos. Hailing from the land of ZZ Top and rapid-fire executions is Edgewater...bigger and badder than most.

Vocalist Matt Moseman (a heavier Ray Liotta look-alike?) has assembled a deft lineup of musicians with which to perform quick-draw hard rock mayhem and shoot-em-up song writing.

Running the gamut from raucous to radio-friendly, Edgewater are tough to pigeonhole based on the material presented here on “South Of Sideways.” This could be a testament to the quartet’s song-crafting abilities or simply the sign of a band that haven’t yet found themselves. Consider this jury hung.

“...Sideways” is a collection of 12 songs, 7 older songs recrafted from their full-length demo “Lifter” along with 5 recently penned stylings. Opening with a heart-stopping “Inhale” and reminiscent of Cold or Trust Company, Edgewater hit all the appropriate tempos and outward displays of angst.

The reason Wind-Up signed the band is the Nickleback-tinged “Eyes Wired Shut” an older Edgewater song reworked and updated for inclusion here and easily the stand-out track. This is the big push for them as it additionally introduces the band’s website and is included on the Wind-Up Records produced “Punisher” soundtrack. A bit of a triple-dip, but there is nothing tastier on the current Edgewater menu.

Other standouts include the infectious “Sweet Suffocation” and the luminous “Story Of...”. Both songs have a hooky chorus that will have you remembering it after the disc is over.

Wind-up seems to be trying to fill the Nickelback / Fuel / Three Doors Down slot in their stable of artists and while some of Edgewater’s vision seems to sustain that notion, their tide does turn in a decidedly, and maybe forced, harder direction.

A follow up album will illuminate if the stars at night are, in fact, big and bright in the heart of Texas.

CD Info 

Edgewater - South Of Sideways
Label: Wind-Up Records
1. Inhale
2. Science Of It All
3. Eyes Wired Shut
4. Neglected
5. Break Me Out
6. Story Of...
7. Tres Quatros
8. Sweet Suffocation
9. One Perfect Something
10. Circles
11. Quitter
12. Lifter
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