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CD REVIEW: Effusion 35 - Stonewind
By Don Sechelski - 06/06/2008 - 03:06 PM EDT

Artist: Band: Effusion 35
Album: Stonewind
Website: http://www.effusion35.com
Genre: Post-Grunge, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Creed, Nirvana
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 6/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Best Songs: Nothing Gets Done, Stonewind
Weakness: it's all been done before
CD Review:

Hailing from the Philly area, Effusion 35 is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Pat Manley.  Playing riff heavy rock in the style of Creed, Manley's influences include The Velvet Underground, Nirvana, and Led Zeppelin. The band was originally founded by Manley and bassist Sean Hamill. The band's original drummer, Joe Napolean switched to guitar and the band recruited drummer, Randy Robbins to pick up the sticks.

Stonewind is their debut album. The band shares writing credits on three songs and the rest were written by Manley. The first cut, Placebo highlights the band's pop sensibilities. A mid tempo rocker, it's reminiscent of REM with jangly guitars and a somewhat buried vocal. The next cut, Calm, is a full out rocker. The distorted guitar and driving drum set the tone right from the start. The third cut, Nothing Gets Done, was co written by Napolean, Robbins, and Manley. It's my favorite cut on the CD and leads me to believe that they should share the writing duties a little more. The title cut, Stonewind, was written by Manley and Napolean, and is also one of the stronger cuts on the album.

Stonewind is a fine first effort. Let's hear more.




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