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    Cross – “Die Forever” – [Sophomore Lounge]

    12 Jacket (3mm Spine) [GDOB-30H3-007}
    Dark gnashing Nashville rock, midwifed by Ma Turner. Unlike
    his dizzy colorburst porch psych, the sound here is a more
    stark black and blacker. Lyrics laced with death obsession,
    it’s a fresh corpse however, lively drums from Jason Schuler
    and Turner really is a tasty guitar player. At the bleak
    heart of it all is singer R Clint Colburn who doubles as
    an artist
    http://www.rclintcolburn.com/
    Clint’s got a stylized delivery, on at least one listen, I
    was picking up a heavy Stan Ridgway vibe. The guitar
    driven songs have a True Crime kind of flair, no real solos
    just churning away, while the grim reaper hides smiling
    behind the amps of bassist Jamie Adkins. “Life Not Dreams”
    and the excellent “Forever” are two songs that suffer
    their own near-death experience before lurching back
    alive. “Urgency and the Breeze” with its desolate
    bass line question mark and stark drums was a highlight
    as the vocals, and lyrics, come sweetly unhinged.
    I know Sophomore Lounge label leader Ryan feels there
    is a common thread running through the albums they’ve
    put out, but I hear a pleasant diversity and new takes
    with homage to various rock/pop forms of the past.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 8, 2016 at 6:33 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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