Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Melenhead - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThis is a CD for folks that like sax in the perfect/raw R&B sense, and for those enamored with the Viscounts. Both influences are found here. The musicianship is very high caliber. Out at the end of track ten is a solid vocal called "My Chances Are Good (Knock On Wood)"
Picks: Millions Of Tiny Bubbles, Mantilla, Chrysanthemum and the Sword, Party Time! With the Little Big Horn, The Melen Mambo, Framed In Shadows, Jack Lord Is Bored, Rave Up!, Hole in the River, Psycho A-Go-Go

Track by Track Review


Millions Of Tiny Bubbles dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Chunky thick guitar chords, nasty sax lines, and a heavy sound. The sax lines are mean without being raspy. This is a dark and driven tune with an evil R&B feel. Excellent.

Mantilla dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Slow gloom, cool drums, shimmering vibrato guitar, heavy moody sax lines, and a menacing sound. This slow number oozes the dark underbelly of the city, like a tribute to the Viscounts. Very tasty. It's quite surfable.

Chrysanthemum and the Sword dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Melodic smoothness, an almost optimistic melody, and a sad feel. The sax work reminds me a little bit of Billy Swanson (Eliminators). This is an excellent track.

Party Time! With the Little Big Horn dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Party Time" is right. A frat boy jumpin' good time raver.

The Melen Mambo dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a suave number with a fluid exotic nature and a nasty sax. It can't quite decide if it's playful or mean, and that ambivalence gives it an interesting tension.

Framed In Shadows dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Ringing chords and the drama of the Viscounts less the rasp. This is very cool, melodic and fluid. The contrast between the excellent guitar tone and the sax is very fitting, and the arrangement is magnetic. Very fine track.

Jack Lord Is Bored dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Chunky pumpin' rhythm rockin' track with a nasty sax lead and lots of energy. This is quite a rocker, infectious and heavy groovin'. Cool.

Rave Up! dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Mid tempo country chunk, saxology, and a suave melody line. This is both punchy and smooth. It's a little too repetitious for me, but otherwise, very tight and magnetic. The break is really fine!

Hole in the River dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Huge reverbed chords, dark dramatic pomp, and evil sax. The profound shadows of this track are well suited for the melody line. The bridge seems more optimistic, but the over all tenor of the track is impending doom.

Psycho A-Go-Go dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Spunky R&B fun lies within this track. It hearkens back to the days of honest R&B when the raw energy was the thing. Fun and solid.