"The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume" (Hollywood Records; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

There's really nothing wrong with "The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume." It's a well-written CD, competently performed and certainly listenable. You can pop it in your CD player and listen to the whole thing without really paying it any attention. In other words, you won't turn it off but it won't hold your undivided attention either.

The problem is that nothing on this 11 track collection really grabs your attention. It's as though the CD simply plays out, each track sounding as familiar as the last, with neither music, vocals or lyrics really getting hold of you. "The Melody ..." sounds like too many other albums out there today. I won't go as far as to call it spongerock, but it comes close. Fans of Taproot, Tool and the like will know instantly what I'm talking about when they first hear Evans Blue.

Again, it's not a bad CD; it's just not a particularly memorable one. And there's a certain irony that an album with the decidedly original title of "The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume" isn't so much original itself.

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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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