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Drue Nelson
Ambient Fixtures
Sevier Productions

Interesting, very interesting... or at least that's what I thought when I first listened to Drue Nelson's album Ambient Fixtures. Formerly known as Eleven, this band from Alabama has been lighting up the southern part of the U.S. with their rock tour for sometime now. Now I see that they have quite a CD to take with them.

There were points where I almost got a little confused as to which genre of music this band was trying to be. At times you can hear a bit of old school or early 90's Jane's Addiction, such as in "No Excuse" or "Never Meant To Be". Then we get a little bit of rap added in with "Still See Stars" and "Sorry"; not quite sure if it fits with the sound of the album, but definitely mixes it up some. "Nothing I Won't Do" brought back more of that 90's sound and a little Sublime influence. Of course any rock album has to have the classic ballad to bring in all kinds of audiences and this album is no different. "Impossible" fit the bill nicely for Ambient Fixtures' ballad. Finally, this CD ended in a way I honestly would say I never would have thought. When the song "Can You Hear Me Now?" began playing, my feet started tapping. This song has a great beat and nice vocals that almost border on an almost country influence. Sometimes an artist's album has a story, a beginning and an end. In the case of Ambient Fixtures it has a different kind of beginning and it is this song that makes for a nice ending. "Can you hear me now?/Can you see me now?/Leaving" are very poetic lyrics for the last song. In the end, this album seemed like a battle between old school rock 'n' roll and new school alternative, very interesting.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. Take My Breath Away
2. There Was A Girl
3. No Excuse
4. Still See Stars
5. Why Don't You Run Away
6. Never Meant To Be
7. Sorry
8. Nothing I Won't Do
9. Impossible
10. Angels
11. Can You Hear Me Now?

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