Thursday, March 27, 2008

Review: The Griefs - Throwing a Tempo Tantrum

Label: Spoonful Records

Released: 2007

The Griefs channel the Who's manic drums, big power chords and brutal loudness in a catchy package. Sometimes there's fuzz and other times there's jangle, but from start to finish, this is an album of loud melodies and rock n roll bombast that many have copied, but few have done this successfully. Throwing a Tempo Tantrum has the hooks of 60s pop without reining in any of garage rock's energy, creating a loud, abrasive vehicle for their wonderful pop songs. They do little if anything to update what came out of garages 40 years ago, but they capture the essence of that period's raw creative insanity as well as its sweet pop sensibility in a way that is seldom matched today. It kinda makes you wanna hum along and bounce off the walls at the same time!

Satriani: 6/10
Zappa: 5/10
Dylan: 7/10
Aretha: 8/10
Overall: 7/10


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Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

and I'm wondering if the retro '60s cover artwork has anything to do with it

2:05 PM  

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