Charles Douglas

Minor Wave

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Douglas' debut is a respectable lo-fi indie pop effort, handicapped (as many such recordings were) by a mechanical percussive sound. On the other hand, it has some nonchalant wise-guy charm, as well as a decent grasp of intelligent songwriting hooks, in something like a more pop-oriented Lou Reed mode. If that sounds kind of like the Violent Femmes, the comparison's not far off the mark, especially as Douglas isn't averse to combining acoustic and electric guitars. Sometimes he gets adventurous with the arrangements to good effect, as on "King of Industry," with its synthetic-sounding brass and crossfire of fuzzy riffs; the tinkling basement piano of "Groom Lake"; and the spectral falsetto vocals of "Lullaby." Minor Wave and Douglas second album, The Burden of Genius, have been combined onto one disc on the No. 6 CD 31 Flavors.