CD REVIEW: Typhoon Ferri - "Detergency"
By Gian F - 03/29/2005 - 10:47 PM EST
Artist: Band: Typhoon Ferri
Genre: Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Steely Dan/Maroon 5/Red Hot Chili Peppers/Sting
Technical Grade: 9
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10
Commercial Value: 8
Overall Talent Level: 9
Songwriting Skills: 8
Performance Skill: 10
Best Songs: Jackpot Baby, Go And Forget Me, Roundabout Way Home, Elisha Brown, Pearl
CD Review: There are a lot of happy people in Boston, Massachusetts these days. I'm not talking about baseball fans either. I'm talking about the fans of Typhoon Ferri, a multi-talented three piece rock band that can jam with the best bands in the music industry.
This band is not about making recordings; they are driven by and committed to performing live which clearly and effectively comes through on their latest project and second self-produced CD. The animated vocals of front man, Mark McInnis, who also plays acoustic guitar; Aaron Ferri, on bass guitar and vocals; and last but not least, Tyler Montgomery, who puts on a drumming clinic through-out the entire project (and on "Elisha Brown" in particular). He is the backbone and architect of a percussion driven sound that resonates with confidence, personality, conviction and chemistry. He also plays a mean harmonica.
This project genuinely captures the musical diversity and essence of Typhoon Ferri with skillful production that illuminates their strengths, talents, and creativity. It also emphasizes their commercial viability. Despite the instant radio appeal of the driving piano laced "Roundabout Way Home," and the instantly memorable "Go And Forget Me" with its swinging, pop flavored, radio-friendly chrous, my industry instincts lead me to believe that "Jackpot Baby" with it's unique production, melodic guitar parts, awkward foot-stomping beat, and emphatic lead vocal would garner them the attention and recognition that they are seeking and deserve. This unique track is their calling card because it has mainstream commercial appeal and major music licensing potential.
I would be remiss if I concluded this review without a mention of the artistic ballad, "Pearl," an acoustic guitar performance that truly illustrates and punctuates the potency of this band (and elevated their scores). It is a beautiful, surprising addition to an already vibrant roster of stimulating and entertaining songs and it also features Mark's mother on background vocals. How many rock stars do you know who are cool enough to do that?
This band has world-wide talent and they are ready for a world-wide spotlight. They also have perspective too, as evidenced on the aformentioned "Pearl" which proclaims: "Highlights are nothing for people who shine all the time..."
Advice: Continue to shine. You are in control of your own destiny.
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