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Lamexcuse
All Important Little Things
(self-released)
www.lamexcuse.com


...And the consolation prize in the Michael Stipe sound-a-like contest goes to………Lamexcuse! That's right Bob, tell them what they've won! Well, I wouldn't want to attempt to compare R.E.M. to Lamexcuse because they are on entirely different planes of existence, but I can say that every now and then lead singer/guitarist Tom Reiterer sounds similar to a Michael Stipe who fell out of the indie pop tree and hit all the branches on the way down.

Lamexcuse hails from Graz, Austria and is made up of three members, Tom Reiterer on lead vocals and guitar, Reinhard Schilcher on bass and Gerfried Brunner on drums. They came to the US with an idea of what it is to make indie music, but fell short in accomplishing that goal. Their indie pop style and tunes are somewhat catchy and they have devised interesting enough lyrics, but the main problem is they do not vary their style enough. It seems like Tom only knows about 3 strum patterns and sticks with one for an entire song. It becomes very apparent after listening to the album two or three times because each song begins to sound like the previous. One of the great things about truly good indie music is the unique strumming, chord progressions, and variation in tracks on a given album. Lamexcuse has some really great ideas which unfortunately do not transform into great songs for this purpose.

Generalizing the entire album as being bland wouldn't be entirely true, either. There are a couple of tracks which really show that Lamexcuse has some untapped talent that hopefully will shine through in upcoming albums. Another giveaway is my favorite track on the album, not because it is perfect, but because it is unique and shows what the band is capable of. The track starts off with a driving beat and is supported with very smooth keys and guitar. The song fluctuates between minor keys and major keys in a very satisfying way and exudes talent and style not found in most of the other songs in the album.

I am confident that with a little bit of experience under their belts, Lamexcuse will create a killer album, but they just aren't there quite yet.

-Liger Woods

Track List:
1. Here 'til eight
2. Another giveaway
3. Diary
4. I have found you
5. Are you
6. Perfect night
7. Two windows
8. Yesterday's ditch
9. New Room
10. Sick
11. Leave the door open


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