1. Mr. But 2. Unemployment Blues Volume 1. 3. 1968 4. Broken Peace 5. Bridges 6. Record Store Prophets 7. Dark Carnival 8. Forgotten Song 9. Profiled 10. Sands
286 comes straight out of Cali, but their sound is more Bayou country, crawfish party with their rusty guitar licks and booze-soaked imagery. Their 2005 Ep "Profiled" showed a lot of promise for the swampy, roots-rock sound, but where one could argue that consistency is usually the cohesion that holds together 10-song CDs, too many of 286 songs are hampered by reoccurring riff patterns where each sounds like the last which sounds like the last and throwing in a some retro, steel guitar touches just isn't enough differentiation over the course.
Adam Joad's vocals are rock standard, yet hanging in the dangerous area of punk slurring which doesn't tend to be favorable with your average rock/metal fan, but he does give off enough presence to be the aural centerpiece of the band. As the music plays, he retains the frontman focus over the instumentation and holds your attention.
A half dozen similar songs stand up for an EP, but for a full-length CD it leads to listener drift and the bonfire these guys are cultivating dies down. The production and packaging are well-done and their website is as tightly designed as any major band, but a few more party crashers would liven up this CD invite.
The bottom line is a little more song spicing would make this one tastier.
About this Writer: Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.
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