This is adult alternative that anyone with an ear can be pround to listen to. Dislife, a band from Sweeden, is showing once and for all that Sweedes can rock as hard as (or harder than) any of their worldwide musical counterparts. What makes it all so great to listen to is that sound . . . part Pearl Jam, but mostly themselves . . . that just makes this music hard to turn off. And that’s just the way it ought to be.
This album starts off with the pure adrenaline of “Reverend Rider”, which is one hell of a kickoff for any CD. But it is when “Adapting” cues up that you’ll realise that Dislife has real hitmaking abilities. This track is ready for any alternative format that is willing to give Dislife a chance. If you don’t think this is single material, nothing is.
“Clone”, the third track on the album, is somewhat mellower (or as mellow as you’re going to get on this CD), but that doesn’t eliminate any of the punch it carries. Though the vocals are somewhat muddled, that’s vocalist Chris Michols’ trademark, and it suits this style perfectly.
Hangover never quits, never weakens . . . tracks like “Hangover” with that “do do do do” thing in the background (awesome, I must say) and disturbingly Vedder-like vocals (clear vocals, mind you!) help show their versitility. Other songs that don’t disappoint would include “I Want To Go Home” (yet another condender for best album track!), “Hangover” (the album’s most rocking track, in my opinion), and “Long Road’s Call”, which sports the most kick ass bassline I’ve heard. Ever.
Best of all, this is one obtainable album! Recently signed to FightClub.com, Dislife is offering Hangover at the insane price of . . . nothing! Well, you do have to pay shipping. But that should take away any excuse you’ve had for not buying this CD. What excuse could you have anyway? Dislife combines excellent songwriting and hitmaking skills that could bring MTV to its knees, to form one of the most cohesive albums I’ve heard in a long time. What more can I say?
This CD is filled to the brim with well performed jazz that reminds me of a combination of the Dave Matthews Band and a now defunct Bloomington, Indiana band known as Flattus. OnOffOn combines their high end jazz with grooves that could make an old man start to move. In the end it comes together to form an album that succeeds quite nicely.
The first track that really gets my attention isn’t the opener (“Your Mind”) but rather the second track, “Shadowglass”. It starts out with a lot of low end sounds, some bass and guitar, and then a lot of flute. And that is what makes this song so enjoyable. It’s like sitting back and letting yourself float through a sea of ether. Your mind lets go and your ears take over. That’s the way it has to be with great stuff like this.
“Mardi Gras”, the fourth cut off the album, is a sax-filled groove that is very energetic, yet it doesn’t let the energy tear the song apart. The music is firmly in control, and let me tell you, this is some damn fine music. The mood holds up through “Ocean’s Cry”, a much heavier track, featuring some tough-as-nails electric, along with amazing bass. The vocalist takes away somewhat from the kickass groove, but I forgive him. And I must say, there are some nice harmonies in it, which makes up for any shortcomings.
Then, track six finds you listening to my favorite off the whole album, “Bebe’s Song”. Musically interesting, this song is definitely out of my league, almost certainly out of my time. It’s hard to describe, but I must say that the vocals in this one are top notch. The male and female parts weave in and out of the xylophones in the background, keeping my toes tapping along for the ride. I don’t know if this would be called bossa nova, but that’s a style that seems to fit. Either way, you have to listen to see what I mean. “Because you love me, just because you say you love me . . . everywhere we go, somebody’s saying I’m lucky you’re crazy for loving a guy like me . . .”
I don’t have enough space to detail every song here. But let’s just agree that you need to hear OnOffOn’s cleverly orchestrated jazz music. Combining great melodies with high class jazz that appeals to the listener in all of us, Your Mind is an album you won’t want to turn off.
Stay tuned for reviews of Ted Lehman’s “Rough Cutz”, Drew Nelson’s “Recovering Angels”, Shirtlifter’s “Fuel”, and Kris Delmhorst’s “Five Stories”, all coming up in May!