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"Next Big Something" (2 Generations)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Next Big Something range from near nu-metal that sounds almost like Disturbed ("I Will Follow") to sappy, radio-friendly ballads with undeniably catchy choruses ("Every Little Thing") to songs that sound like they could have been written and recorded by (gasp!) Quiet Riot ("Believe," which even sounds like Kevin DuBrow on vocals). The other two songs on this five-track CD are pretty strong rockers which sound a little like leftovers from a W.A.S.P. album (not the outrageous stuff, but the more straight-forward stuff).

Yeah, that's a pretty wide selection of sounds and, yeah, the band pulls each of them off just fine. And it's a good thing that every NBS song sounds different than the others. But there's nothing really here that grabs you with its charisma, attitude or freshness. 

Still, the band's talent as musicians is apparent throughout. Maybe with another producer behind them (the band produced this CD themselves) the band can find that extra "oomph!" to make them stand out from the others.

Next Big Something: Christopher Pierce - lead vocals, guitar; John Gomez - drums, percussion; Jesse Elam - bass, backing vocals.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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