The Muse's Muse  
Muses MailMuses Newsmuse chatsongwriting resource home
Regular Columnists

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

Artist: Band: Effusion 35
Album: Stonewind
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.

[ Current Articles | Archives ]

Help For Newcomers
Help for Newcomers
Helpful Resources
Helpful Resources
Regular Columnists
Music Reviews
Services Offered
About the  Muse's Muse
About Muse's Muse
Subscribe to The Muse's News, free monthly newsletter for songwriters
with exclusive articles, copyright & publishing advice, music, website & book reviews, contest & market information, a chance to win prizes & more!

Join today!

Created & Maintained
by Jodi Krangle


1995 - 2016, The Muse's Muse Songwriting Resource. All rights reserved.

Read The Muse's Muse Privacy Statement