Who I Wanted to Be

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The theme of this album, according to songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Ted Brunner, is to celebrate humanity sans the barrage of commercial interruptions brought on by television, cell phones, and Internet connections. With that in mind, Colony chooses wisely to communicate one on one with spirited, guitar-driven songs that meld elements of Brit-pop, glam, and hard rock. The title track waxes nervous regarding the loss of self-identity à la Cheap Trick and the Goo Goo Dolls, while cuts like "Spider Web" depict young lust at its most daring. "Natalie" is another paean to the girl who leaves a small town to make it big in Hollywood and "Happy," which also appeared on the soundtrack to the Jerry Zucker film The Rat Race, is a track sure to lift the spirits of the spiritually and economically depressed. Another highlight is "Shivering," an obligatory power ballad that succeeds with overlapping melodies, falsetto vocals, and shimmering arpeggios. A strong album from start to finish, Colony proves that there's more to rock & roll besides cool haircuts, tight trousers, and attitude.

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