On their self-titled fifth album, the Clay People haven't let time diminish their anger-fueled music, part hard rock, part electronic. Singer Dan Neet and guitarist Brian McGarvey may be the only original members remaining, but they've put together a new band that has no problem expanding their sound. The new approach is definitely more organic, gone are the drums machines and loads of sequencers, they've been replaced by real musicians and (gasp!) acoustic drums. Fans of angst-rock will undoubtedly enjoy such tracks as the first single "Awake" and "Plug," while heavy metal fans (especially those of Queensryche) will be able to appreciate "Calling Spaceship: Damien Grief," "Car Bomb (Am I Human?)," and "Raygun Girls." Not all of the material hits the mark (such as the ill-advised ballad "Ghostwishing"), but the Clay People's new approach may prove to be the band's breakthrough.
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato