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Blankety Blank - Is This Your Pill?

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Reviewer:
Kaj Roth Format: Album
Release date: 2005-02-25
Label: Something to snack on
Genre: Power Pop
Producer: Mark Dannells/Blankety Band
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Want some Powerpop the softer way?,this Atlanta based band with singer/composer/guitarist Greg Roth as the frontman blends Cheap Trick kinda rock (the 70?s way) with a more garage rocking style,imagine The Kinks in a modern suit a la The Strokes and you?ve got the idea!
This independent debut was first an EP that grew to be a full length album,the 9th song which is titled "Sticky feet" is the most modern punk sounding with a cool guitarbreak where the melody is taken from the composer Mussorgsky?s "Promenade",the classic trio Emerson,Lake and Palmer did their version of it on the album "Pictures at an exhibition"
in 1972- so I don?t know if Greg got the idea of it from there or if the band just doesn?t know about the similarities at all but to me......it sounds very alike!
The album starts rather weak with the uptempo track "5 minutes ago"(which sounds familar to another song) and "Flow"(that is a soft Bob Dylan kinda tune).
The third one called "Supermodel" is more of the powerpop I am keen on,I really love falcetto vocals the way Greg sings on that tune.
Then the garage rock enters on "#1 fan" and I get a bit allergic,but it?s vanished on the title track "Is this your pill"
which has a lovely groove,however I miss a good refrain and the song falls flat.
Along with "Supermodel",I also find the smooth and calm "Plain and ordinary" as one of the more classier songs here and it sounds a bit like Butch Walker.......and speaking of Butch,the producer Mark Dannells is or at least was the guitarist of B.Walkers band.
This album has it?s moments but I would have liked to hear a more *one sounding style*
if you get the point.

Tracklisting 1. Five Minutes Ago
2. Flow
3. Supermodel
4. #1 Fan
5. Prelude To Pill
6. Is This Your Pill?
7. Plain And Ordinary
8. You Come Through
9. Twisting The Knife
10. Sticky Feet


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