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The Crucial Fiction: The Crucial Fiction:

You get a CD in the mail with a hand written note that specifically states "we are young" and "we recorded this ourselves" and you figure that it's going to be a long review process. But then I put in the debut album by The Crucial Fiction and the first thing I thought was "HOLY SHIT". The maturity showed right away. You have to walk a fine line to blend voice over to a song, but in "Genesis: 2480" it works perfectly to lead up to the jazz-tinged CD highlight "The Way We Roll".

But then things begin to fall apart. The vocals on "Castles made of Silicon" are a little under mixed, followed directly by the over mixed "Competent Liar". "Two Dresses" has the right idea of independent instruments working together, but breaks down into nothing more than guitar-wanking. "All's Well" and "Running Down" recapture some of the magic, but there are just too many songs that go no where, like "Can't Stop".

Overall though, this is an excellent effort for a debut young band trying to mix indie with experimentation.. I think many people will enjoy this CD, but I am hoping that it is the start of something spectacular. Keep working boys, you are getting close. Strangely, I think this will be a CD that people go back and buy later.

Track Listing
1. Genesis: 2480
2. The Way We Roll
3. Yes Sir
4. Castle's Made of Silicon
5. A Competent Liar on a Lazy River
6. Two Dresses
7. All's Well
8. The Shanghai Squeezebox Hero
9. Running Down
10. Fingers
11. Can't Stop
12. Cat Eyes
13. Aig
14. Friday Night
15. Saturday Morning
16. Evolution
17. In the End

Added: February 15th 2006
Reviewer: Steve Ambrosius
Related Link: Crucial Fiction
Hits: 2090
Language: english

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