Junction Creek

The Black Album

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This quarter from Northern Ontario seems to crank out spaced-out rock songs as if they were going out of style. While nothing on this disc is radio-friendly since most of the numbers clock close to, if not over, five minutes, there are a great deal of moments where everything appears to mesh in a grandiose manner. The musicianship and rhythm section of Jimmy Sylvestre and Nick Krawczuk is rock solid while the vocals tend to be an early and weakened Neil Young. When it decides to tighten up songs such as "Minivan Momma" and "Coma," the band's potential is clearly evident. At times though, the muddled, simplistic garage jams in "The Ride" and the waltz feel of "Settle Down" cloud the general assets within.

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