"The View From Above" (RCA; 2002)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Without question, Color Wall have a unique sound on "The View From Above." For the most part, it's a curiously gentle sound that kind of soars through each track rather than roars through each track. Try to imagine something like the Ramones meets Pink Floyd and you get an idea. Even that comparison isn't correct, but it's as close as I can come.

The band does kick it up occasionally.  The 57-second "Surf Anthem for a New Millennium" runs wild out of the gate and some tracks are punchier than others. But most of the time, these are mid-tempo or ballad-rhythm-ed rockers with ethereal vocals and dreamy music.

It's still a fascinating listen and, even though I prefer my music a little heavier, "The View From Above" held my attention throughout repeat listenings. A great cover of The Cars' "Just What I Needed" helps.

Color Wall: Jeff Burgee - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, percussion; Andrew Loeser - drums; Justin Billmeier - guitar; Andrew Katos - bass.

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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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