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Tabula Rasa
Merkin Records

Production can make or break you. Case in point: Yclept.

I tried so hard to dismiss this band no matter how many times I listened to them. But the more I listened, the more I realized there was something there that I couldn't just write off.

So here I am, stuck in a place where I can't quite recommend the band, but I know they are mere freshmen in the music scene, naïve if you will, approaching their music from the wrong angle. So that's where I have to come in as a hard-ass and try and set them straight.

There are some decent licks here that seem wasted, and good writing that appears bland; the album falls flat, not from writing or talent, but from production. Overall it has a unidimensional feel, uninspired and limp, like this was an afterthought. Structuring of the material could have been better, but a good producer could have helped that. In fact a lot, if not all, of their problems could have been solved by a good producer.

So I want to encourage this band to stay with it and just keep writing, because they do have something going for them, and now they just need to find the right producer to help them refine it into something memorable.


Track listing:
1) Voice of Reason
2) Better Not
3) Solitude
4) Pre Cursor
5) Atlas Shrugs
6) Lie
7) Between the Lines
8) I Reside
9) …

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