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90 Day Men


Crossover Prog

3.93 | 8 ratings

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4 stars To everybody? Not really.

My story with this band began last year when a friend from school introduced me to them. Ok, I accepted and liked it, some days later I realized they were here in this site, under the Crossover genre, well, all is subjective and everyone have different opinions and labels, that is not really important actually. Thing is, that since then I had wanted to write some of their music. This time I am reviewing their 2002 released called "To everybody", which features six songs and a little less of forty minutes of music.

First song is called "I've got Designs on You", since the first seconds the sound of their raw guitars appear along with nice drums and strange, sometimes annoying voice. A minute later that voice turns really different, with a softer and friendlier sound, but later both voices unite and sound at the same time. Later the song keeps the same structure, but there are new elements such as piano and a different guitar sound, that help the song becoming better, despite being repetitive. I really like the drums; it is actually the first thing that caught my attention when I listened to 90 Day Men. This song is actually good, the final part is excellent.

Next track is the shortest one, entitled "Last Night a DJ Saved my Life". It starts with a soft piano sound, but seconds later the song turns faster. The mood is nervous but sweet at the same time, the vocals are nice this time, and that far keyboard sound that covers the atmosphere is great, the piano does not stop until the song finishes, nice one.

"Saint Theresa in Ecstasy" is a longer track that starts with an uneven atmosphere, some fading vocals, piano, drums and bass here and there, in moments sounds like a soft jam. Later the song acquires a true own sound like if they find what they were looking for. The piano is especially good here, the fact of sound repetitive actually helps it, because once the song catch you, you will not escape until it's over. Again, the drums are excellent here, as well as the three final minutes.

"We Blame Chicago" starts with piano, but a few seconds later the other instruments gather and create a beautiful composition that is worth listening from beginning to end. This is a pure instrumental song that suggests why 90 Day Men are considered (by some people) as a prog rock band. I tend more to say they are a psych/alternative band, but in moments like this I have to re-think. The use of the piano, those raw guitars, some synth effects and the great drums, make this an excellent song.

"Alligator" is a nice, but not the best song. Again, piano opens the song and later guitars, bass and drums join. The atmosphere is very tranquil, the mood is friendly and charming, and the sound, including the vocals, suggests a moment of rest, peace and even reflection.

The album finishes with "A National Car Crash", which starts with drums but little by little a piano sound appears, the ambient is beautiful, and this is complemented seconds later when gentle guitars ala post rock join. The vocals also enter later but it is not something that really caught my attention, it is almost spoken word. What really makes the song, is the amazing use of piano, which leads the song to a very different place, it is completely different the sound of this track with, and without piano.

To be honest, now that I wrote this review I see that I have not really being negative about it, I just pointed out a couple of things I don't like, but overall, I always enjoy listening to this album, which shows a much more mature face of this band. I thought that three stars would be accurate, but now I really want to give it four, in spite of the fact that I do not consider anyone could enjoy this music, but well, you could at least try.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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