IN YOUR MIND
ALBUM A DIFFERENT DRUM RELEASE:
APRIL, 2001 REVIEW: MAY 24, 2001
how I hate the "downhill" albums! The ones starting with a great
song, and then every piece that follows is just a bleak shadow of that first
gem of sparkling music elixir.
this case, "Picture on the Wall" stands as a manifest of the
three Haddad brothers' ability and sense of melody, while the remaining nine
or so tracks only prove their impersonating skills. They mix in some arabic
twists (they're originally from Jordan), but it all comes out sounding
drained of enthusiasm and the stinging absence of catchy melodies and
choruses will inevitably turn out to their disadvantage. The way I see
it, this is all a waste of talent. I know they are capable of big deeds,
or at least causing a major stir in the synthpop pond. Ironically, KAJ
already has the ingredient other bands in the genre would kill for: good,
varied vocals. When will great vocals like these be accompanied by equally
great soundscapes and song writing skills?
"In Your Mind" is far from a catastrophe, but as far from being
a masterpiece. Hence, five.