CD REVIEW: Player/Kommander - on the eve of absolute get down
By Don Sechelski - 07/27/2009 - 09:57 PM EDT
Artist: Band: Player/Kommander Album: on the eve of absolute get down Label: Mighty Loud Website:http://www.playerkommander.com Genre: Indie alternative pop/rock Technical Grade: 8.5/10 Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10 Commercial Value: 10/10 Overall Talent Level: 10/10 Songwriting Skills: 10/10 Best Songs: White-Out of the Mind, You've Had Your Fun, All Night Wednesday CD Review:
It seems that every month, in amongst the pile of CDís in my
mailbox, there is one that stands above the rest. This month itís
Player/Kommanderís debut CD, On The Eve
Of Absolute Get Down. This guitar driven indie rock offering is strong on
infectious grooves with a hard rock sensibility and a touch of pop
Player/Kommander consists of guitarists, John Fuller and Jim
Troglen, with Roman Glick on bass and Robbie Stephens on drums. James Hall provides vocals and the bandís
persona. Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins, Matchbox 20) lends his considerable
Billed as a concept album in four phases, the CD is about one night in the life of ďa protagonist with a 'serious social anxiety
disorder' and various chemical dependencies.Ē But the songs stand well
enough individually that the listener doesnít need to be aware of the concept
to enjoy this music. The first cut, Be This Way, sets the tone with a funky
rhythm guitar riff before the band comes in rocking hard. ďIf this thing blows, youíre walkiní back,Ē
sings Hall but these guys arenít blowing it and they arenít walking.
Favorite cuts are too numerous to mention but White-Out of the Mind with its hooky
chorus and tasty guitar solo is a stand out. Hall has a Jagger/Dylan quality to
his voice as he sings, ďI see you powdering your nose Ďcause you're blind, baby,
blind.Ē All Night Wednesday is a
change of pace piano ballad with smooth background harmonies. But they donít
slow down for long. Lay Back Down and Easy When
Itís On are both strong rock tunes.
Player/Kommander is a Birmingham based band but recorded
here in Atlanta. Maybe Iíll get a chance to catch a live act. Until then Iíll
have to content myself with On The Eve
Of Absolute Get Down. This is a good album, check it out.
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