Up Is a Direction, Not a Location

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Callow's debut full-length CD, after previously releasing two eight-song EPs, is a solid collection from the Maryland seven-piece pop/rock group. Guest violinists appear on some tracks, as well as additional cello and viola. At times the band's sound borders on hard rock, but somehow that often-used term doesn't seem applicable. Some songs, like "Lessons in Shuteye" and "King Beachy," rely on acoustic guitar and softer vocals. The sixth track, "The New Yorker," is an enthralling instrumental number. Ben Douglas leads the band with a calming and commanding vocal presence. Interesting wordplay was the impetus for the eighth track, "Calloween," a stompy romp through layered percussion and organ, with Douglas' vocals sounding almost haunting at the beginning. The closer, "The Perfect Genetic Machine," is a festive and diverse track, bringing the disc to an end. The album was assembled with eight tracks from the band's two previous releases and four new tracks. The new songs were recorded in August and September 2001 at Invisible Sounds Studio in Baltimore, MD. Red Roses for Me Records released the CD in late 2001. The CD title is culled from a poem by James Warner.