Crustaceans

Crustaceans

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The Crustaceans kick off their debut album with an interesting rhythm section drive on "One More Time." The bassline on this number has a solid groove with a driving beat. The vocals by Samantha Jones could be a bit louder and crisper, because it's hard to hear the lyrics to the song. On "Horse Farm," the tempo is turned down a few notches, while there is still a strong groove from the rhythm section. The swapping off from male to female lead vocals gives the song a nice flair, wandering from the usual harmony vocals in the pop scene. While the Crustaceans have a solid melody in their songs, they lack a focal instrument within the song. They have no lead solos on guitar, keyboard, or sax; instead, they rely on the drive of the rhythm guitar to carry the melody line. This doesn't make the sound unique in itself, as many punk bands and metal bands use the same concept. What makes the Crustaceans unique is the complexity of their compositions using this style of arrangement. They need to focus on song structure, as some of the tunes are hard to follow. With 20 songs on the album, one has to wonder if quality lost out to quantity. Some of the songs are very short and feel like they were crammed in to cut cost. There is also the lack of breaks from one song to the next on some tracks; this has worked on other bands' albums, but on this one it was a definite bomb. It only serves to throw the balance off and increase the confusion of this hard to follow album. Perhaps this all comes from an inexperience, but with any luck, the Crustaceans will come away and use this as an experience for positive change.

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