Breakfast

Napoleon

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The name Breakfast has been used more than once in the rock world. There was a little-known '70s band called Breakfast, and in the '90s, a different but equally obscure Breakfast recorded Napoleon for the small, Los Angeles-based Stone Garden Records. This Breakfast was a vocal duo who consisted of singer/guitarist Andy Galker and singer/drummer/bassist Steven Weisburd. Together, they specialized in melodic, laid-back jangle pop/guitar pop with a strong Byrds influence. Napoleon is an uneven debut -- some of the tracks are fairly memorable, some are pedestrian and less than memorable. But while the self-produced CD is inconsistent, Breakfast wasn't without potential. The stronger tunes -- which include "Time to Grow," "She's in the World," and "Wonderful Low" -- made listeners want to keep an eye on Breakfast and see how the duo developed. One got the impression that if Stone Garden was patient with Breakfast and gave Galker and Weisburd time to grow and develop, they would eventually be able to deliver a more consistent album. After all, many artists who didn't start out providing great albums improved as they went along -- all they needed was the right guidance, direction, and A&R support. Despite its flaws, Napoleon indicated that Breakfast wasn't a group to give up on. But that's all speculation. Napoleon received very little attention, and Breakfast never escaped from obscurity.

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