"Drowning in Harmony" (Self-released; 2009)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Mad Dog Madden reminds me of a hard rock Frank Zappa. The band has got some funky sounding music but still has that heavy kick that Rough Edge Readers enjoy. The lyrics are amusing and often just very funny with songs about robots, movies, etc. One of my favorites is "Flight of the Navigator," a song about the cool 1986 movie of the same name.

Maddog Madden has that experimental sound that Zappa was known for. Zappa didn't play between the lines and Maddox doesn't either. It makes for a constantly fascinating listen.

Being as this is a self-produced CD, there are parts that seem a little amateurish, including some low level production, some iffy songwriting, etc. But in this case, it's part of the CD's charm.

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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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