Birdhouse

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Almost unbearably generic, this Maine-based power-trio is comprised of former members of the Beatroots and Colorado's From Cosmos to Chaos, including drummer Mike Bennett, guitarist and vocalist Miriam Broady, and bassist Phil Kell. Each bandmember contributes several songs, with Bennett acting as the group's primary songwriter. The band also turns in a funk-ified cover of Neil Young's "On the Beach," not entirely unlike Viperhouse's reading of the grizzled Canadian's "For the Turnstiles" on their Shed disc. Birdhouse's rendition robs the song of vitality and, like the rest of the album, distills it to a bland fusion-funk with aimless guitar solos, an unerring beat, and perfunctory bassline. The music here is well-played, though heartily unexciting. Even the Romanian song "Joc DeLeagne" is turned into a boring display of instrumental jazz voicings.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Mat Young
7:20
2
feat: Karel Lidral
8:49
3
feat: Mat Young
6:55
4
feat: Karel Lidral
9:57
5
7:00
6
5:58
7 4:19
8
9:04
9
feat: Karel Lidral
7:16
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