Sins of the Father

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When Sins of the Father was released in late 1997, Camus was described as alternative rock (a vague and broad term that in the 1990s was often applied to any post-Baby Boomer act that wasn't into glossy, traditional corporate rock). But in truth, this melodic and decent effort is quite rootsy. The band may add the occasional drum machine and hip-hop beat to its guitar-based sound, and the CD isn't oblivious to the alternative scene of the late 1990s. But the thing that stands out the most about Camus is Bob Dylan's heavy influence. While it would be unfair and inaccurate to call Camus Dylan clones, there's no getting around just how strong Dylan's influence is on "You're the One Who Got Away," "Send Her My Love," "Ouch" and other selections. In fact, "Runaway" has an appealing groove not unlike that of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." Those who think they don't like so-called alternative rockers shouldn't overlook the earthy Sins of the Father.

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