Whoever authorized this review to be contracted to someone not only out of town, but out of state, should be ashamed. I'm not suggesting the entire editorial board is to blame, but to Mr. Klein's position that it only takes “a pair of ears and the ability to write” to review an album, I'd say that's putting it a bit too simply. Sure, a kindergartner could write an album review, but how would that reflect on the credibility of the publication as a whole? It might be cute, which this is not, but does it accurately inform the constituency? This reviewer is not only out of touch with Raleigh's local music scene, he is out of touch with music generally and possibly with reality as well. A bad review is one thing. A review that misstates facts and presents a wildly flawed analysis is another thing entirely. I won’t get into a subjective debate of what constitutes “dead-inspired guitar noodles”, “frat-boy sophistication”, or “Southern rock”, but a few objective comments I noted:
1) Not a septet. They’re a quintet.
2) Advertised as an LP, not an EP. I’ll admit it’s a short LP, but at over 30 minutes and 7 tracks it’s better defined as an LP.
3) Gray really isn’t a frontman. Gray and Reaves are co-writers, and possibly co-frontmen, but the band performs without anyone truly taking over the role of a frontman. I’m also confused as to how a set of “ears” that didn’t read the liner notes (see #1 above) could decipher who was singing “Elephant”, and the personal attack comes off as unprofessional and spiteful (maybe Gray fucked his girlfriend?).
I don’t think we, the readers of the Independent Weekly, have to worry about seeing Mr. Parker’s reviews in Rolling Stone anytime soon, and I encourage you to go see this band perform and decide for yourself whether they pass muster. I hope that the Indy editorial staff will consider employing local next time, be the review positive or negative.
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