"Celebration for the Bride" (Reason Y Records; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

There's something undeniably alluring about the sound of Charlie Hustle's "Celebration for the Bride." It's just hard to put your finger on exactly what it is. On the surface, this CD is just another alternative-edged, post-grunge slab of heartache. But there's something here that makes you go back for a repeat listen even though you thought perhaps you wouldn't go back at all.

Maybe it's the gossamer notes of vocalist Joe Voisin, or the punchy (if often abrasive) guitars of Ben Neuhaus. Maybe it's the unpredictable rhythm of each tune. Something here makes you want to hear "Celebration for the Bride" again and again. As I said, I can't put my finger on it. Regardless, it's there and it makes this CD the kind you almost dismiss upon your first listen-through but that grows upon you with each additional spin.

It doesn't hurt that each spin only take about 18 minutes. This five-track EP is an interesting preview of what Charlie Hustle is capable of. Indifferent at first, I'm now very interested to see what this band has to offer in the future.

Charlie Hustle: Joe Voisin - vocals; Ben Neuhaus - guitar; Devin Jackson - bass; Justin Shotwell - drums.

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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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