Fanzine

Roundabout

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While vocalist Adam Norrie has that flair for fashionably jaded detachment possessed by many English singers (Jarvis Cocker, Liam Gallagher, etc.), the music his Tulsa, OK-based bandmates have produced for Roundabout is too typical of American post-grunge rock to be very substantive. Bombastic guitar and big-arena drums saturate the choruses of "Head in the Sky" and "One Night Stand" -- with Norrie's prominent accent leading the way, the songs end up sounding like Ash covering Collective Soul. "Breathe Creation" should certainly find its way to active rock radio. With its blustery lead riff, histrionic soloing, and hedonistic vocal hook ("There's no remedy/Her needs are insatiable/Lovin' every minute/'Cause she's so sensational"), it has the inescapable feel of an AOR single -- familiar pacing, easy-to-follow lyrics, and thick, outsized production. It's a tried and true formula, but it borders on the banal almost 30 years after Bad Company's "Good Lovin' Gone Bad." On Roundabout, Fanzine seems determined to rock marketably and hard without thinking about it too much. That's refreshing, especially when so many of combo's contemporaries have taken seriousness to laughable levels. But it's also a decidedly middle-of-the-road approach and Fanzine seems to have set its amps up in the crosswalk.

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