"Milagrosa" (Volcom; 2008)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Milagrosa" is a well-performed, well-written and well-produced album. What sets it apart from other CDs is the fact that it sounds so well-polished in all areas yet it maintains a fresh, relaxed jam band quality. It's a combination that works better than I would expect; however, it almost requires the listener to be a fan of the loose jam band sound to really enjoy "Milagrosa."

Totimoshi have been compared to The Melvins in many a review and I can see where those comparisons come from. Both bands do music the way they want to do music. Both bands are unafraid to take risks. And both bands have loyal fans who have followed them for many years. But where The Melvins are rough and edgy, Totimoshi -- at least on "Milagrosa" -- are smoother and more complex. Personally, I like rough and edgy but I can certainly see why others might prefer Totimoshi. The band is undeniably talented and, with a producer like Helmet's Page Hamilton behind it, "Milagrosa" is an impressive CD. It just wasn't my cup of tea. That doesn't mean it won't be yours.

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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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