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Chubby
Is It Time?
Gigantic Music
www.chubbyrocks.com


Is it time? Well, maybe. The debut from Chubby certainly comes out nice and strong for a freshman band. Dennis Brockenborough really isn't a newcomer to the music scene though. He came from another band that I am explicitly not going to mention, even though he spent a decade with this band. Pretty popular one I might add, I have seen him on stage at least three times. Why am I being so coy about where he came from? Because I am trying to pay him and Chubby the biggest compliment I can. I believe he has pulled off the almost impossible task of spending a decade with a style of music and then removing himself to produce a work of art completely diametric from his past. Go ahead type his name into a browser, and you will find the band name, but first I say Chubby deserves to be judged on its own merits and not to be compared.

Chubby are a so-called "hard rock" band. Really, I don't hear anything "hard" about them, so I would classify them as straight rock, like I haven't heard for quite some time. They do border on a pop-radio boundary, but not enough for me to feel uncomfortable playing it in my car with a friend. (Sorry Britney, NO ONE MUST KNOW!) Anyhoo, this album represents a solid accomplishment for all involved. Producer Chris Zane has made some adept choices with presentation. Songs like "The Reason", "So Gone", and "For What It's Worth" use some interesting musical contrasts of instruments; there should be more, but then, there should always be more.

What would I have done differently? The bass needs to be more of presence, not just follow the rhythm line; as a consequence it almost detracts rather than adds. Brockenborough is a heavyweight vocalist, but his vocal lines start to sound familiar between tracks, his great moments are the climax of songs when lead guitarist Mike Beck joins his voice, but I could still use more level on the backup vocals to be truly effective. That's it. That's all I got. That's not so much to ask for is it?

Are they brilliant? Uh, no. Are they perfect? Uh, no again. Are they worth listening to? Yes. Are they catchy? Definitely. If you like rock in its pure form, then I recommend: Chubby - Is It Time? They have a pretty nice site you should check out as well, www.chubbyrocks.com.

-bishop

Track Listing:

1. Serious
2. Sweet Song
3. So Gone
4. Fight Or F*ck
5. For What It's Worth
6. The Lane
7. Seeing Stars
8. A Day & A Half
9. Boxcutter
10. The Reason
11. New Song #1 (I Am Down)

 

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