Monday, August 21, 2006

The Lion of Truth.

So, I was sent Tim Brantley's CD, The Lion of Truth, in the mail, and asked to check it out. If you happen to keep up, then you might find this odd; I know I did. Either way, because I'm one who would love to be proven wrong, I listened to it. And the verdict, you ask? I still think, "meh." I actually listened to the album a few times to try and grasp what it is that fuels the buzz. Here's what I came up with:

*Meatloaf isn't as good when it's reheated. The dude sounds like Meatloaf. You remember Meatloaf, right? Big fat guy from the early 90's who sang that annoying ass song, "I Would Do Anything for Love, But I Won’t Do That?" I'm still trying to figure out what "that" is, but whatever, that's not the point here. Vocally speaking, that was the immediate comparison I was hit with. I'm not sure if it's the piano, or the quivery voice, but something about the music is reminiscent of our favorite artist named for a food.

*Springsteen, much? The dude loves Springsteen. A lot. So much, in fact, that he has a song on the album, "Black on Black," that has lyrics which center around the adventures of Brantley and his back-up band, the 10th Street Boys. Do you see a pattern here? E-Street Boys...10th Street Boys...hmmm. Cute.

Now that I've gone through my mean streak and gotten the obvious out of the way, I'll point out what I could actually stomach. There are two songs on the album that are rather catchy and stand out above the rest. As shallow as the lyrics are, "Black on Black" is something I could bob my head to, and the single, "Damage," is another that I caught playing over in my head for a split second.

I think it's safe to say that I can form an analogy here about my tastes. Tim Brantley is like my experience with sushi. Even after the second time, I can't swallow it.
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