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Josh Todd
You Made Me
Todd Entertainment
www.joshtodd.com


Josh Todd, the band, takes a well-established line of musical intention and maintains a straight path, giving you a product that holds no surprises and yet satisfies a need for all of us who desire movement. What can I say, it is not easy-going trying to create something inherently rock that lasts, but at the same time it is very simple to get the basic elements there to create something that rocks. Also, it is a hard line to maintain rockin' hard without being too hard, or on the opposite side of the spectrum, too ballad-y.

Josh Todd, the man, goes solo from the group Buckcherry, to try his luck at leading a band that sounds too much like Buckcherry, and makes me question why he ever left at all. But, whatever his reasoning for leaving, he leaves us with another shot at this style of music which is primal in its desires and essential for people who can't slow down during shows. It just moves.

The production of this album is what sets it apart from other sources out there. Chris Johnson takes some blasé ingredients and mixes them to a more than appealing final product capturing a certain fervor, which lasts well after turning off the album. The guitar is simple, the bass is there, and the drums are the main drive, but when given the sound and design they have on the record, they just explode in your face. The breaks are nice, the instrumentation is formatted to best suit the genre. And this album is all about the inertia that is created by mixing these elements.

Now, onto the songwriting. Do you remember the late 1980's before Nirvana came out, and the mainstream was forced to listen to too many hairbands who were tough and sensitive, pushing out those distortion filled ballads? That's what I think of when I listen to this album. It was not a very good time for music back then, and I sure as hell don't want to see it return. The music is just too hollow to be worth anything in the long run. Almost the entire latter half of the album is on that ballad line, and only diminishes Todd's credibility in the hard-rock arena, that was amply set down by the first half of the album.

So if you like faster paced music, without having to think too hard about it, you would like this album. If you like Buckcherry, you would like this album. If you like sustenance, meat, then stay away, there's nothing there.

-bishop

Track listing:

1. Mind Infection
2. Broken
3. The Walls
4. Flowers and Cages
5. Shine
6. Afraid
7. Blast
8. Burn
9. Circles
10. Straight Jacket
11. Slave
12. Wasted
13. Lovely Bones


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