"Touch Me" (Smartpunk; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Dearestazazel's "Touch Me" is hard rock that is often synthesizer-heavy with vocals that are a little too sterile, at least for my taste. The music moves along at a fast enough clip, and itís got some interesting turns and twists here and there and yet stays very accessible throughout.

"Touch me" is probably not as heavy or complex or sophisticated as some Rough Edge Readers would prefer, but it does the trick. The seemingly ever-present synthesizers and merely passable vocals give everything a lighter edge. Don't get me wrong, the vocalist isn't bad, but he doesnít have that intensity and confidence that most hard rock singers have. It's probably something that will only get stronger as the band continues from this point.

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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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