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Tuesday 10th November 2009

The Almost bring in eclectic influences on new 'Monster Monster' album

THE SIDE project of Underoath's Aaron Gillespie, The Almost, are getting rave reviews for their latest album 'Monster Monster' on Tooth & Nail. HM magazine wrote, "Highlights include 'Hands' for its handclapping rhythm and welcome inclusion of keyboards, and 'Monster', which begins with just vocal and dobro (yes, believe it or not, that's real dobro!) and then escalates into a guitar-rock jam that brings to mind the classic Eric Clapton-assisted Beatles jam 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. Gillespie also deserves kudos for his vocal performances, which oftentimes carry with them a Replacements/Paul Westerberg-esque world weariness." One of the surprise guests on the project is peddle steel player Chris Scruggs, grandson of bluegrass banjo master Earl Scruggs. CR

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