- Red Bedroom
By Brad Podray
Let me be the first to say that most of
the new rock I hear causes severe bowel problems in myself and everyone
directly blood related to me. Red Bedroom, thankfully, left most
of my internal organs intact. Individual track comments: The
album opens with “Cold Blooded,” a standard new rock song with refreshingly
lo-fi keyboard work that lends the song a great energy. “Cold Blooded”
takes an immediate back seat to track two, “Gray Ghost.” This particularly
hits the listener with a rock n’ roll stick containing equal parts of angst
and old school video game chase music. “Artificial Heart” is like
nothing that’s hit the new rock scene before, displaying very entertaining
keyboard work in the beginning.
The generalities: Despite the gems,
this CD lacks variety something fierce. The Fever’s songs are strikingly
formulaic, many beginning with a lone drum track that leads into the opening
guitar riffs and clever synth line, then the lyrics sing first verse, chorus,
and so on. The transitions between song parts are predictable and
despite the immense potential of this band to really push the limits, all
of the standards are there. Listen to about 50 seconds of any one
song, and after hearing the extent of their innovation, you’ll know they
know exactly what they’re made of. I can’t say that they’re really
trying to push musical boundaries.
General Statement: Sure to please any indie
rock fan and I would love to sing along with these tracks drunk should
they ever hit the jukebox. Closing Pessimistic statement: Since
it’s too easy to say something stupid and corny like “The Fever,” is not
contagious or “The Fever” is no health threat to my ears, I’ll just close
by saying they are mediocre at best.
Best Track: Gray Ghost.
Sure to please: Any one who even remotely
likes indie rock.
Sure to disappoint: Rap fans, Metal fans,
the rest of the planet.
- Red Bedroom
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