Alright, so you can't judge a band by its cover, or uh
name. Opening up the package for this CD I had this one pegged as
Bargain Basement material, honestly not worth the space to write about.
I hated the name of the band, the artwork of the album and the stupid
press release that they sent with it. I couldn't take it seriously
as I looked at the castles and dragons and the flying monkeys (or
as my friend called them: flying ass monkeys), so when I put it in
for the first time, I had low expectations to say the least. Man,
was I wrong.
Very inventive and addictive, Bacon & Egg meld guitar
rock lines with light rap a la early Beastie Boys. But not
limited to that sound they vary between sounding like Bloodhound
Gang, Tenacious D, and Devo. Really an interesting
spectrum to be a part of, it gives the album nice contours as it progresses
so that no two songs feel similar.
The key to the success of the record is the interaction of the drum
machine and the guitar lines. Normally, I hate drum machines, but
here it is used effectively so that it doesn't become monotonous.
The drum lines are simple yet driving, and add a nostalgic feel to
the material as they provide ample beat. The guitar lines are equally
basic and inspired and when combined with the drums create a nice
base for the rest of the material to fall into place. The vocals are
straightforward, hitting the correct rhythm emphasis points and accenting
the head-nodding appeal. "Formerly D-11" and "Stains
on the Window Pane" are well conceived and worth listening to,
but it is "Sun On Thunder" that I will continue to come
back and listen to for its perfect blending of all of the above.
Overall, I am glad I got past the cover of this album, because there
is so much more to it than just that. I would have no hesitations
in recommending this to anyone who doesn't take everything so seriously,
but likes a good solid foundation to their music. Now I just have
one question: What is with the flying ass monkeys?
1) Track 2
2) My Mind Keeps Thinking of the Thoughts In My Mind
3) Formerly D-11
4) Monsters of Rock
5) Bling Bling in a Lincoln Continental
6) Straight Up Jam Party
7) Stains on the Window Pane (That's the Beat That Rocks the House)
8) Scent of Ben Gay
9) Suburban Hustler
10) Ajax Hole
12) Sun on Thunder
13) Totally Epic
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