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3.77 | 125 ratings

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3 stars Bunchakeze? Bunch a' keys? Bunch of cheese? I like cheese!

Odd band name aside, what we have here is something of an interesting album. Although this debut album is just released this year, the material was originally recorded back in the '80s by a band who desperately wanted to make music. The full story, including some information on the recent legalisation of the fabled fourth chord, can be found in the liner notes.

Listening to this album, I think the most unfortunate thing is that the band never did release this album until this day. The record labels weren't interested and so for the last 20+ years, the band members moved on to other pastures, most of them not staying involved with music. Which is a shame, because based on what exists on this disc, those 20+ years could have yielded some great music.

When listening to this album, it's easy to cite the Floyd reference - most obvious in the guitar work - but to me what is most striking about the playing of the band is their more upbeat, staccato sections - the middle of "A Handful of Rice" being the best example and the reason it is my favorite track off the album.

As I mentioned, the band has some obvious Pink Floyd references, that to me exist mostly in the guitar playing. Flight of the Phoenix is a great example of this, as is The Deal (which features guitar that resembles the riff from Run Like Hell of The Wall). And while these tracks don't sound like straight up Floyd, I feel they are the weaker ones off the albums.

The playing on this album is rather light, with a lot of acoustic guitars, which to my mind is a good thing. The drumming is interesting and melodic, the singing able in most tracks and great in a few (Whose Dream? being the best example of this). The line up is pretty standard rock fare but the entire band is very capable of playing their instruments, and their songwriting skills are stronger than expected.

Ultimately, I would describe this as an album that came along too late. On it's own, it has a great sound that I truly enjoy - but the feeling that perhaps these guys could have gone so much farther with more experience just doesn't leave me as I listen to this. Unfortunately, the timing wasn't right in the '80s when this was recorded, but now, with the advent of the internet, bands like this have a chance to release what the record companies won't take. And for this, I am thankful.

TheGazzardian | 3/5 |


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