The Slip


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Following up their mostly instrumental, somewhat schizophrenic self-released 1996 debut From the Gecko, Does tracks the Slip on two separate courses. The first is a continuation of the sparse, original fusion sound the band developed through constant touring. The instrumentals on this disc, unfortunately, lack the cohesive energy needed to keep the quiet momentum going, though bassist Marc Friedman contributes some wonderfully melodic lines throughout. The second course is the development of an original pop music songwriting style fronted by guitarist Brad Barr. Barr reveals a wonderfully sweet voice through lyrics that delve into abstract hippie mystic philosophy. The melodies have their charm, though, and Barr's voice matches his doubled guitar lines so well that it is relatively easy for one to tune out and simply listen to the vocals as articulated melodies. Bright spots on the disc are provided by drummer/percussionist Andrew Barr, who contributes highly expressive rhythm work throughout.

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