OK! Enough already
This so called "indie rock movement"
is getting fuckin' old. Jason Dove's latest, We Should
Be Together, is rock music's version of the sleep aid Ambien.
The songs are unoriginal, the subject matter of the lion's share
of the material is retread to the point of nausea-inducing and
his singing voice is like that of Elliott Smith's, if Elliott
would've had little to no imagination.
What's wrong with a solo artist or band playing interesting rock
and roll? For the past few album release cycles it seems that
groups want nothing to do with experimentation; settling instead
for, and I mean no offense to the female readers of this critique
with the following statement, safe, mundane girl-friendly music.
Some of the tracks, "Every Aspect Of Entertainment (Part
2)" and "Slumber Party" for example, bring up the
hopes of the listener that is looking for a shot of energy, only
to send them crashing back down to Earth at what should have been
a giant point of climax.
Try as I may, I can't seem to find anything within the sixteen
tracks of this record that I haven't heard done a thousand times
before by countless, far greater musicians. I hope that on his
next record, Jason will be able to find his voice, instead of
being a Karaoke version of someone else.
If you, in spite of what I have written here, do feel the urge
to spend your hard-earned money on We Should Be Together,
take a second and re-think your position. Leave this record on
the shelf and move as fast as you can down the alphabet; pick
up any Lemonheads release or better still, try out some
old Elvis Costello or Pavement. It's painfully obvious
upon sitting through We Should Be Together that that's
what Jason Dove did. Only he should have paid a little more attention
to what he was hearing; it's a little thing called talent.
-Danny R. Phillips
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