Do You Believe

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It isn't hard to understand why some folks are nostalgic for the mid- to late '90s. Bill Clinton was president, the economy was booming, plenty of Gen-X-ers were becoming dot.com success stories, and there was an abundance of great music being played on alternative rock/active rock stations. Typically, those who are nostalgic for that era not only have Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, Letters to Cleo, and Alanis Morissette cranked up; they have a lot of post-grunge cranking as well, which makes sense because a glut of post-grunge bands surfaced in the mid- to late '90s as well as in the 2000s. Those who haven't burned out on post-grunge should have no problem getting into Quarterfly's Do You Believe, an early-2011 release that is consistently faithful to the post-grunge of the mid- to late '90s and 2000s. Do You Believe never pretends to point post-grunge in any new directions; the sound of this South Carolina band is Nickelback meets Creed meets 3 Doors Down. In other words, post-grunge fans have heard it all before. But that isn't to say that Do You Believe is unlikable. Tracks like "Between the Lines," "The Wrong Thing," "Attitude" and "All Lies" are totally derivative, but they are also catchy and infectious. Quarterfly produced this album with Greg Archilla, who has worked with Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul, and Buckcherry, among many others -- and it should be noted that one of the tunes, "Show Me," was engineered by none other than Michael Wagener. The fact that Wagener helped Quarterfly on that one track says a lot about post-grunge; Wagener worked with a long list of major heavy metal, hard rock, and arena rock bands in the '80s, and his participation on "Show Me" really underscores the fact that post-grunge became the commercial arena rock of the mid- to late '90s and 2000s just as Great White, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Winger, and Whitesnake epitomized commercial arena rock in the '80s. Again, Do You Believe is a predictable listen, but it's still a likable contribution to a very familiar (some would say over-familiar) style.

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