Album Review

Hominid – “All Accidental, All the Time ” – [Hominid]

Max Level   1/6/2006   A Library, CD

Singer Arone Dyer fronts this edgy NY quartet, cutting through the hard rock din with her childlike wail. Sharing center stage with Ms. Dyer is a guitarist injecting loud, unpredictable coloration. Fascinating tension here: vocals clash with guitar parts, notes clash with chord structures, then they all kiss and make up, only to start disagreeing again in the same song. Underneath, the bass/drums combo provides a satisfying pummel that recalls LedZep at times. The vocals are mixed with an upfront claustrophobic sound, adding an element of pleasant discomfort. My fave track is #6, which starts off as a cool saunter, keeps upshifting the gears, and ends up at a thrashing climax. #7 departs from the formula, with clinking percussion and whispered vocals.

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