GENRE | QUAD ACOUSTIC
VERDICT | TOO MUCH BUSCH
LABEL | GREAT DEPRESSION RECORDS
RELEASE | 3.27.12
Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a man and a guitar. History remembers the good ones, and if you paint some-thing on your axe about killing fascists and the like, chances are you’re doing it right. But for every one of those heroes, there’s a dozen groan-inducing, “sensitive-guy” strummers with cookie-cutter quality tunes, give or take some self-absorbing vocab.
Rob Me Blind, as you can gather, is not about fascists. Previously starring in the sexually-charged 2006 dramedy Shortbus, Jay Brannan’s tunes are, at best, nothing you haven’t heard before. At worst, the simple acoustics are borderline elementary in song construction and lyricism, specifically taking a nosedive on “La La La” and “A Love Story.”
Producer David Kahne keeps things sparse, but listeners should be hard-pressed to believe that “Rob Me Blind” couldn’t be reproduced with Garageband and a decent mic. In the world of the acoustic singer/songwriter, standing out is not only a good idea, but also downright necessary.
They say anyone can play guitar, so when an artist doesn’t hit any creative marks, I’ll refuse to hit the play button.
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