The Scene-Zine Reviews
As readers of many album reviews,
The Scene-Zine realizes that no one
wants to read an one-way minded review telling you if the album is good
or not. People rather read a review that tells them about the album. Of
course, there has to be some opinionation in just telling about the
album as well. Hopefully we will stray from that. The only strong
opinionated part of a Scene-Zine review is the five-star rating system,
but you can ignore that if you like.
The Eclectics-"Idle Worship"-Jump Up! Records
I like The Eclectics a lot. In fact, some of
their songs are the best I've heard in a while. It's really the last
couple of songs on this 29 minute album, that deter me from giving them
five stars(asteriks). Let me talk about the good points though, the
sentence previous would have to be my only bad comment. Basically,
from what I gather from the press releases accompanying the CD, The Eclectics
are relatively new band with a new CD that was produced by Steve Albini.
Steve has produced big acts in the past such as Nirvana and PJ Harvey.
So he sees talent in these guys, as do I. Particularly, I love, "We
Can Make It Happen," except, I don't know whether these guys are joking
or making a social comment with the lyrics. If not, they kinda sound
rough, " . . .I'll make you do what I like so bitch get on your knees.
. ." See, it's hard to tell. But when it comes down to it,
I think anyone who likes ska/punk will like this. Jump Up! Records-4409
1/2 Greenview 2W-Chicago, IL 60640
I gotta say, I like the whole Jump Up! Records thing.
The guy, Chuck Wren, is very professional but continues Jump Up! as primarily
a DIY one man deal. For such a large indie label, I think that's
pretty admirable. On to the review. It's a good comp!
I mean Jump Up! bands show a lot of different variety and don't stay in
one niche. You've got bands like Telegraph and The Eclectics who
are pretty ska-punk and then you have The Adjuster who are a soul band.
19 tracks, I would say 12 of them are good. Highlights are of course
Telegraph, Parka Kings, Eclectics, and Rhymaster! Jump Up! Records-4409
1/2 Greenview 2W-Chicago, IL 60640
Limp - "Pop and Disorderly" - Honest Don's Recordings
The title pretty much describes the music: both bright and dark
melodies, (some seem to come right out of the fifties) put together with
rough, raspy vocals create a pop-punk with an edge. However, "Pop and
Disorderly" isn't just punk. There are a few ska/reggae rythyms blended
in also. Some bonuses to the album: almost every girl I've talked to
thinks that the singer is like the hottest guy in the world, and they
cover "Holiday Road."
Singing along, ringing someone's neck, or blasting the songs in a car,
are all acceptable actions when listening to this album. Hell, you can
even masturbate to it! I know I.....
A very ecclectic ska album. Upbeat happy ska to pick you up,
traditional slow ska to put you down, and ska-core to jump around to!
Generally ska music comparable to the likes of Telegraph or MU330. Alot
of originality is displayed on this album. Very good, very good! Jump Up! Records-4409 1/2 Greenview 2W-Chicago, IL 60640
Third wave ska at it's best, folks! Just the right blend of upbeat
and bouncy punk rock. Hot Stove Jimmy seems like a cross between the
Janitors Against Apartheid, The Rudiments, and Mustard Plug. These guys
are really good. "Salute" features thirteen songs including an
intermission: gotta love 'em! They even cover "My Girl!" Jump Up! Records-4409 1/2 Greenview 2W-Chicago, IL 60640
More God damn soul than Motown. Actually, they're pretty close to Motown, huh. Oh well, for the most part The Adjusters are not ska and when they are (rarely) its traditional stuff. The somewhat low rating might be partially due to my little knowledge of soul music. But I don't know, they don't seem to have the energy as like Diana Ross or Aretha Franklin or Ray Charles. If you like east coast ska, or reggae, you'll probably like this. Jump Up! Records-4409 1/2 Greenview 2W-Chicago, IL 60640
The 78RPMs are ex-members of Skankin' Pickle and the Rudiments, and natuarally, they sound just like a cross between those two bands. This three-song ep is their first release, and is in my opinion damn good. It features three songs, two of which are Skankin' Pickle-ish, and one that is more Rudiments-ish. Damn Good.
Fantastic! -AAA-'s second full-length release, and it's damn good.
The band seems to have matured musically and lyrically since their last
album, and now offer more diversity. Songs range from hardcore punk to
melodic punk, and from slow ska to fast, upbeat, typical -AAA- ska. One
of the most rewarding purchases I've made in a while. I highly recommend it.