*_Cities of Glass_*
Like many other completely annoying Canadian artists/bands, (Nickelback, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion) the latest from Canadian noise-rock band Aids Wolf entitled "Cities of Glass" is hardly even worth taking the time to write about. The only hope is that someone who is on the fence about the band will read this and decide not to listen to them - if you can even call them a band. Perhaps if this was their first release and they will still trying to figure out their "sound" one could at least be a tad more lenient. But unfortunately, they have released a string of albums since their formation in 2005. Apparently anyone who records a bunch of noise with no songwriting skills whatsoever can have a career working with Skin Graft Records, the label crazy enough to actually sign them. Even listening to the album with an open mind (perhaps there would be some hidden talent... somewhere?) is fruitless - there is not one song on this album worth listening to. It leaves you wishing for precious moments of your life back and yearning to listen to someone from Canada with some kind of substance. Even Snow would bring me endless moments of joy after this. A licky boom boom down makes more sense than anything from Aids Wolf. And that's quite depressing. If you happen to be one of the 21,968 friends on their Myspace, do yourselves a favor and delete them now.
(Skin Graft Records -- P.O. Box 1543, O'Fallon, MO 63366; http://www.skingraftrecords.com ; Aids Wolf -- http://www.aidswolf.net )
*The Mother Truckers*
*_Let's All Go To Bed_*
This Austin, Texas based band has brought a tinge of country, rock & blues in their latest recording "Let's All Go To Bed", creating a pleasantly surprising sound even to a country novice. The album starts out with the rockin' 'Dynamite' which finds dual vocalists Teal Collins & Josh Zeal trading off verses. Zeal exhibits impressive lead guitar work, with unexpected technicality from a country-esque band. Collins' voice is strong and compliments the music very well. To be honest, though, her voice is preferable in the lead position than Zeal; not that he isn't an adequate singer, but her voice fits the music much better. Another standout on the album has to be 'Never Miss My Baby'. The second half of the album slows things down a bit, focusing a bit more on country and folk and less on the rock side of things. It's not bad by any means but it just isn't as striking as the first half. One can definitely tell that these musicians have been honing their craft for quite some time and have developed a niche that works for them and their fans. The biggest
complaint has to be the "metal horn" logo with the cowboy hat - nowadays it appears as if everyone is using it. Check these guys out now before your friend who doesn't even really like music finds out about 'em.
(Funzalo Records -- P.O. Box 35880 Tucson, AZ 85740; http://www.funzalorecords.com/ ; The Mother Truckers -- http://www.themothertruckers.com/ )
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