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Lubrant, Keith
Face In The Crowd

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Label: Independent Released: 5/1/2001

An opening riff reminiscent of Pearl Jam's "Better Man" is a good sign, and straight-ahead rock ensues, with hints of Third Eye Blind, Toad the Wet Sprocket, poppier Goo Goo Dolls, and some elements of 80's glam and current brit-pop and alt-rock. Very tight playing thanks to a rock-solid rhythm section and excellent production - radio-friendly but not overly sweet, definitely some edge, especially in the guitars and riff-laden and occasionally quirky arrangements. The vocals do get buried in the mix at times but this could be fixed with a radio remix, and some of the lyrics don't stray far from cliché territory, as evidenced by these snips:

"'Cause I can't fall down when I'm falling apart Tried to hide the pieces of a broken heart Can't you see it's just another lonely sunday Can I be there for you girl" (Lonely Sunday)

"A crowded street, the cars drive by So many voices, can she hear mine I want to hold you so tight In my arms, I can’t say the words right, so right" (All I Want To Be)

But hey, it's only rock and roll and I like it. In the context of this being an indie release, and a debut release, it is no small feat that "Face In The Crowd" stands up to most of what's on rock radio these days, through 14 solid songs. Definitely someone to keep an eye on, all he needs is one big break and you'll be hearing him on your local "new rock" FM station!

Steve Donnelly Email WWW


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