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Red Letter M
Red Letter M
(self-released)
www.redletterm.com


This California 4-piece really pushes stylistic boundaries to create an inherently melodic and rocking mix. To define them by one genre would be a task in itself, and really for me to do that I would have to take one moment of a song, as every song covers different gambits. One second it's jazzy, one it's rock, one it's fierce, and the other it's soft. They truly make it sound effortless and appealing as they vary along.

There are many aspects to this album that just make it an awesome experience. Vocals are well conceived and appropriately mirrored with backing vocals. Bass and drums are excellent, owning their parts in the band and significantly tying the individual song pieces into a coherent amalgamation. Both guitars ebb between dueling subtle lines and bringing panache' to the breakout parts. Last, but not least, the variation of the material across the entire record that is truly beautiful.

Production is apt, balancing the instruments and emphasizing key points, but is ultimately not as inspired as the band itself. If the production took more chances, it could only heighten the feel achieved by the music; and maybe that would require more structured songs, but I think it could pay off big time for the band.

All songs are worthy of mention, each for their distinction and blend on the album; even their unofficial songs on tracks 1 & 7 are must hears. Overall this band just comes across as smart and different, as they mix styles to create a beautiful blend that has bite. You should definitely look for them as I look for more from them.

-bishop

Track listing:

1) Intro
2) Have You Ever Danced with the Devil in the Pale Moon Light?
3) Cliff Diving with Carl Jung
4) Bloodhound Will Hung
5) Killing Lincoln
6) Redemption in Katana Minor
7) Exit


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