"Alone" EP (Consumers Research; 2006)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

I’ll need everyone who reads this review to do something for me after you’ve finished. I’ll tell you what that is in a minute. First up, this kind of music is called “Post-Rock.” Yes, who needs rock when you can have all the instruments a rock band would use, just don’t turn them up and, if you do, make it instrumental and make that awful telephone “on hold” music start to sound appealing. “Thank you for your patience...”

There are a few bands that carry this moniker with pride. The members of The Timeout Drawer, which is one of them, sound like lace-wearing goofballs to me. They try to make this stuff marketable without actually breaking a sweat. Sure, "Alone" has an ambient mood to it ... yawn. But the term "post-rock" has really got me writhing in pain. They should call it "post-op" because they apparently went in for an operation and removed their will to crank their instruments.

It’s almost coming to the time that I’ll need your help.

To be fair, there are a few times when the guitar gets going and the drums get dusted off. And, if I didn’t know there were any other types of music available, I might think this stuff was cool. But, come on!

Since this is an EP, and apparently the third installment (whoopie!), I won’t beg for EP number one or two in my stocking at Christmas next year. Still, I did include the links so if you want to click away and uncover the soulless music of The Timeout Drawer I won’t stop you. Just erase your history so your ISP doesn’t laugh at you.

Now, if you made it through this review and have a stirring for heavy metal or hard rock, then by all means join with me as I crank up any band that knows the real reason they call it rock'n'roll!

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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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