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Dust to Dust: Sick

Okay, when you write music reviews, you're supposed to be open-minded. I mean, as a person. You're not supposed to judge discs by their covers or bands by their press releases, right? But, you know, things come in and you say, without having listened to it, "I know exactly what that's going to sound like." Often, you do but you listen anyway and chug down a couple of Slim Fast shakes to forget all about it. Dust to Dust's Sick started off that way for me.

I left it on my desk until the last possible moment, when I was sure I couldn't put off listening to it any longer. I knew that if I waited one more minute, I'd be shirking my responsibilities. So, I put it on and was amazed at the maturity and emotional depth found on this little slab which comes to us all courtesy of The Music Cartel (they're doing some exciting stuff right now). Sure, there's a little bit of seething here and there, a little bit of loathing in the corners but it's not overdone. The guys focus on catchy melodies but not to the point that they sound like pale young stock boys turned loose on a Strat and a microphone. (That's mostly one guy's doing, more on him in a sec. So hang tight, 'kay?)

They've got the obvious single ("This Way," which is cool), the big album track they'll forever be remembered for ("Sick") and the big concert anthem ("Think About It," which will sound really good while you're being tossed about in front of the stage at an outdoor venue some day). All along the way, there's some solid writing from Rob Traynor, who saves "Blue Sky Lie," one of his best, until the very last moment so that you won't feel disappointed at album's end. Nice work, Rob--on both that track and the record. Sorry I doubted you, man.

Added: July 19th 2003
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
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Related Link: Dust to Dust Music
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Language: english

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