"Bag" (Sanctuary / Simmons Records; 2005)

Reviewed by Snidermann


This first release from Gene Simmons' resurrected Simmons Records label is comprised of three elements: funk, jazz and soul. That information alone should tell regular Rough Edge readers that this CD is not what they're looking for.

The story lines here and the funky, unique rock are kind of cool, but this CD won't make you bang your head ... or even tap your toe ... by any means. It's somewhat interesting during the first listen but subsequent listens seem dull and pointless. 

Simmons' website describes Bag thusly: Every once in a while an artist comes along that breaks the mold, an artist who fails to fit into today's cookie cutter world, an artist unwavering in his fierce commitment to creativity and unyielding in his refusal to compromise. All that may be true but it takes more than being different to grab the attention of listeners and Bag doesn't quite do it.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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