A Melodic Daydream

A Melodic Daydream

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A Melodic Daydream is such a blandly average name for an alt-rock duo that it's immediately obvious what they're going to sound like, and their self-titled album doesn't disappoint those expectations. In all other ways, this album, sadly, is in fact pretty disappointing. Singer Lnz Skillings (yes, Lnz, not Liz...go figure) has a technically good but completely anonymous voice, and her overbearing vocal style becomes deadening after a couple of songs. The album's bland radio-ready production, which puts her voice absurdly high in the mix, is equally pleasant but uninspired, with Skillings' musical partner, Chris Newton, providing tunes that mix bits of Fiona Apple, Evanescence, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows, and other mainstream pop acts into a thoroughly anonymous whole. There is one relative bright spot, a near-instrumental called "Sorbet," on which Skillings trades her Alanis Morissette tics for something a little closer to Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries, a wordless, gentle croon that's much more enjoyable. That palate cleanser is over far too soon, however, and then it's back to the numbing plod of the rest of the album.

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