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
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.
1. Mind Infection
3. The Walls
4. Flowers and Cages
10. Straight Jacket
13. Lovely Bones
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