STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 16771-11116 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Philip Croft
Jeff Elbel has been recording now for well over 10 years and this is his fourth album backed by PING. You would think by now that Illinois-based Jeff would have some idea about what musical direction he wants to take but based on this album that doesn't appear to be the case. In places we are treated to songs that sound like they are being performed by a Beatles or Kinks tribute band. In other places the band go in for rugged, bluesy rock numbers, which is when they are way, way at their best. And in yet other places Jeff opts for appalling novelty songs such as "Goodnight Rabbit" (based on a Bugs Bunny cartoon), "Muffin In The Oven" (described on the Marathon Records website as "an insensitive maternity song") and "Bark Along with Cody", a song which is said to be getting considerable airplay Stateside from radio presenter Dr Demento! I suppose it could be that Americans have different ideas to us Brits regarding what is funny and what isn't and they would probably describe this as quirky but to me this is a lost opportunity, Jeff and the band can clearly write and perform real quality bluesy rock numbers and if they just stuck to that this album would be far, far better than it currently stands.
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