Full Nine

The Full Nine

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When college rock and '70s power pop first met eyes, they were hesitant to commit. Only bands like Jellyfish and School of Fish were really hip to the sound at first, but as time went by, it seemed as though more and more artists were trying this sound. Everyone from Jeff Buckley to the Heretix had their own take on this combination, which, in turn, inspired another generation of musicians to carry on this new sound. The Full Nine is one of these bands, banging out hard rock like Nick Lowe jamming with the Pixies, or at least Sweet as filtered through Silverchair. By blending hard rock clich├ęs with the delivery of an alternative rock band, the Full Nine manages to make songs like "Look at You" and "Flower" really work because of their dedication to both styles. It is obvious just from listening that they love to play music, and that sort of dedication is always appreciated. Nothing here is terribly new, but instead the Full Nine puts their effort into the performance, which is top-notch. The album isn't a solid start-to-finish listen; instead, it contains a few real keepers amongst some very average material. But this is a band that obviously has potential, they just don't always utilize it throughout their eponymous debut.

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