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Montoya
Man Of The World
Erratic Music
www.erraticmusic.com


Man Of The World comes close on the heels of Montoya's Visions Of Ultratumba, and initially had me worried that it was too soon to have an entire album worth of good material. And, while Man Of The World occasionally feels like a b-side collection culled from VofU, it still shows that this is a band with a distinct voice; still adjusting its mixtures of indie, classic and psychedelic rock.

And that's one thing this band does better than many of its contemporaries: rock. Driving basslines, structural changeups, dissonant harmonies, and even the occasional Styx-like Odyssey synthesizer interlude; and I can't forget those too-infrequent guitar solos that remind me of late '60s psychedelic rock bands. I must confess to having a little concern though, gleaned from the lyrical content, that this band is running with some rough and dangerous women. This ironically-titled album stands in stark contrast to the naïve narrators of these songs who seem to meet with abuse or death at the hands of various femmes fatale.

I would have preferred to see them wait a little longer before releasing this album, though. It tends to drag in places and could've been punched up a little on a couple of tracks (i.e. "Crimson Colored Caddie") that should've had more energy and fire than they did. Seriously guys, I see great things if you hire a good producer with a great ear. Musicians may 'make or break' the songs, but it's the producer that 'makes or breaks' the album.

-JD

Track Listing:
1. Looking for Something
2. (You're) So Hard to Please
3. The World was Round
4. Bubblegum Jane
5. No Parole
6. Easy Girl
7. Lavoe
8. Horsham Blues
9. Crimson Colored Caddie
10. Christmas has Come
11. Black Domino
12. Take My Hand
13. Man of the World
14. Holiday in the Sand
15. Aztec Astral Man


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