"Jaw" (Reversed Records; 2002)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Jaw's self-titled CD has musical attributes that are like a double-edged sword: the music rocks and is as fresh as any band out there today. The vocals, however, are screechy, sometimes whiny and almost always grating. Unfortunately, they drag the entire project down. The depressing lyrics don't help any, either. Basically, "Jaw" sounds like the bandmembers don't really enjoy what they do. And, when the band's not into it, the listeners can't be either.

Again, the music here is fine - hard, heavy and nicely tempo'd. - but the vocals sabotage the entire disc. My advice to the band: realign your vocal style and lighten up a bit. It also wouldn't hurt to find a decent producer who can help clean up the muddy sound quality of this recording.

Jaw: Kevin Kornelsen - drums; Jason Dokken - guitar; Pablo Reidel - bass; Emmanuel Olarewaji - manipulations (which I guess is their word for vocals).

For more information, check out http://www.xjawx.com

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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