City Slang: Weekly music review roundup
Remember ‚Äď if you send it, it will get reviewed. That‚Äôs the City Slang promise. It doesn‚Äôt matter what genre the music is ‚Äď as long as it has a Metro Detroit connection, it‚Äôll get in. Preferably, we‚Äôd like to concentrate on new releases but, while we‚Äôre getting warmed up here, feel free to send back catalog material too. Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, City Slang, Metro Times, 733, St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 46226. Email MP3s and streaming links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucy‚Äôs Brown Seville‚Äôs five track EP is either self-titled, or it‚Äôs called Tonight We Ride. It‚Äôs not entirely clear. Either way, songs like ‚ÄúWith U‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúMama Said‚ÄĚ are slamming examples of disco rock. Gritty garage with a strong Soul Train influence. Very cool.
It is with no small amount of trepidation that I put the new Citizen Zero CD, Life Explodes, into the player. After all, my absolute hatred for the band‚Äôs first disc ruffled a few feathers and earned me a few emails. To this day, I stand behind that assessment. However, rarely have I been more surprised when pressing play. While by no means perfect, the Godawful radio metal sound of old has been replaced with something dirtier, nastier, sleazier and just plain better. It‚Äôs as if Godsmack has been taken off their stereo in favor of the Stone Temple Pilots, and even a little Crue. ‚ÄúTimebomb U.S. Made‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDOA Sunday‚ÄĚ are standouts on what is a very good mini-album. Mildly generic, but still very good. Man, I did not expect that. If this rate of improvement continues, the next record will be approaching genius.
Core Effect‚Äôs Rubicon is very enjoyable too, in a kind of ‚Äėpower/prog metal with a contemporary twist‚Äô sort of way. Think Queensryche meets Avenged Sevenfold. The riffs are classic and, while the six tracks are very clean, there‚Äôs enough quality on show to suggest far more in the future.
Dion Fischer, currently of the Infinity People, sent us a sort of musical resume which, while not really for review, warrants a mention. From the forthcoming F‚Äôke Blood album (can‚Äôt wait to hear the finished version of this one) to the lost Go album Free Electricity, the package served as a timely reminder of what a talented cat Dion is.