"Opal Candy" (Self-produced; 2005)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Chicago has found a good band to promote their rich music history. Opal Candy have that alternative sound but it sounds a little more modern than their predecessors. The guitar is very heavy in that it pulls the songs along. It sounds low and brooding on some tracks and very melodic and happy in other songs. It fits very well with each song and really rips when given the green light.

The vocals take a little time to grow on you. They have great harmonies though and that's what saves the songs from the listener hitting the skip button. Other than that the musicianship is great. The drums never overpower the song and the bass is quiet but present.

With modern alternative music, the message seems to be the root. The rub is that sometimes the message is lost in translation. The songs sometimes slow down so that the listener is made more aware of the lyrics. I don't think that's necessary. In addition, there are a few slow songs peppered throughout the disc, but they are well placed and they really don’t convey a steady mood but rather an agreeable emotional swing.

The best cuts here are “Fluid,” “ Splatter,” “Undefied,” and “Pistol.”

Opal Candy: Clayton Eichenberger – vocals; Jon Miller – drums and percussion; Dave Matsko – bass; Mike Z. – lead guitar; C.K. – lead guitar.

For more information, check out www.myspace.com/opalcandy

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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