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Alston
Voodoo For Fun And Profit
Repossession Records
www.alstonmusic.com


Sounding a lot like a lighter Gravity Kills, Alston infuses formulaic rock with a purpose by bringing good hooks and vibes to the table. Everything is picture perfect on this album, showing well polished material, cleverly constructed changes and accurate blending of instruments... all of which I credit to producers Edie Wohl and Rob Caggiano, the latter of Anthrax fame. The album just oozes the experience that both of these gentlemen bring with a discerning ear to rein in structure and create a distinctive flow which ebbs with the record; here heavy and energy-laden; there light and melodic. Moreover, the entire record is a copasetic amalgamation which shows a nod to the whole.

Unfortunately, the mediocre quality of the songwriting doesn't carry the album to that next level of stellar. While there are worthy hooks with some very righteous guitar lines, it almost feels half-assed like there is no real drive. The closest they get are on the heavier songs "Recon Seed" and "2 & Ten Low" and the less heavy but equally interested Hidden Song 1 on Track 11. Beyond that, the most determination expressed in a song is in the cover of "Rebel Yell". Ouch, that's always a bad sign when a cover song is better than the majority of the record.

While this album isn't utterly crap in any way, it veers towards that "dime-a-dozen" category which you could take or leave depending upon your tastes. To me it is worth it for the songs mentioned above, all the rest are just filler.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) Recon Seed
2) Anna
3) Rock Star
4) Ordinary
5) Why We Fight
6) A Gold Guitar
7) Orange Freezes
8) Rebel Yell
9) Carried Away
10) 2 & Ten Low
11) Voodoo For Fun And Profit + (Hidden Song 1 & 2)


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