Fort Pastor

Beautiful Imperfection

  • AllMusic Rating
    7
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

Those who are heavily into 2000s horror movies will have no problem figuring out where Fort Pastor got their name: in Zack Snyder's 2004 remake of George A. Romero's 1978 zombie film Dawn of the Dead, Fort Pastor was a military fort where people sought refuge from zombies on the rampage. When bands get their names from horror flicks, one could easily assume that they are offering some type of over-the-top death metal/grindcore along the lines of Cannibal Corpse or Carcass. But Beautiful Imperfection doesn't sound anything like that. Actually, this Florida-based outfit favors a very melodic and tuneful adult alternative approach that draws on direct or indirect influences ranging from Blues Traveler, the Dave Matthews Band, the Gin Blossoms, and the Goo Goo Dolls to U2 (although Fort Pastor doesn't rock as hard) and Peter Gabriel. Fort Pastor's name is using the zombies concept as a metaphor for materialistic people who are spiritually dead -- and besides, would Cannibal Corpse or Carcass have an artsy album title like Beautiful Imperfection? Probably not. This 2007 release frequently has a world music edge, incorporating traces of everything from African pop to Celtic folk to aboriginal music -- and much of that aboriginal appeal comes from Fort Pastor member Jono Callow's extensive use of the didgeridoo (an instrument that comes from aboriginals in Australia). Callow, who also plays other traditional world music instruments such as the djembe, the darbuka, and Indian tabla drums, doesn't just play the didgeridoo as an afterthought; he makes sure that it becomes an integral part of Fort Pastor's sound. And while this thoughtful, contemplative disc (which is dominated by original material but contains a remake of Seal's "Crazy") would have been worthwhile even without the world music appeal, those ethnic instruments help to make Beautiful Imperfection a cut above many of the adult alternative releases of 2007.

blue highlight denotes track pick