Five Dollar Milkshake


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With sounds reminiscent of Cat Stevens, Sly and the Family Stone, Phish, and fellow pop power trio Everclear, Five Dollar Milkshake combines gentle ballads with raging rockers, all touched with heart, be it light or heavy. Comprised of drummer/vocalist Dave Zimmerman, bassist/vocalist John Haydon, and vocalist/guitarist Jaime D'Almeida, FDM also unite well-arranged trios with loose and wild all-ins. While many songs are simple, three-part arrangements, the multi-instrumentalists of FDM know when and how to make use of studio gaffes, sampled sounds, or the occasional additional "member" (such as Ken Clark's Hammond organ, the strings of Diane D'Almeida, the horns of Corey Blanchett and Rima Jakubauskas, and the pipes of Adreinne Zolodnick) to add that little something extra. Of special note are the slinky rhythmic swayer "Let Go," the driving "On the Hill," the punky "It's a Fish" (with a Monty Python-inspired intro), and the funky "Dog ItMob" (sic). Though some of the vocal lines are a bit simple and strained and some of the arrangements a bit too loose at times, this milkshake is worth every penny.

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