"Osyrus" (Latticesphere Records; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Osyrus shows a lot of potential with this self-titled CD. The band is comprised of obviously talented musicians and their performances here are undeniably entertaining. Their lyrics are interesting and unique, if perhaps sometimes repetitive.

Fortunately, like most good CDs, "Osyrus" is engrossing for the first spin or two but, unfortunately, it doesn't demand subsequent spins like a great record would. With the exception of the hauntingly strong "Believe" and perhaps the poignant "Standing Here," not much of this CD sticks in your mind afterwards.  

Still, while no new ground may be broken here, this is no throwaway disc. "Osyrus" is enough to make me look forward to the band's future work and, again, the level of musicianship here is impressive. With simply the addition of a savvy producer, Osyrus can easily take it to the next level.

Osyrus: Dan Carr - guitars; Thom Cordiak - vocals, guitars; Mike Mills - percussion; Bill Austin - bass.

For more information, check out www.osyrus.org

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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