Max Creek

Windows

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An early album by Max Creek, a staple of New England's fruitful jam band scene since the early '80s, 1986's Windows unfortunately sounds very much of its time. Where the whole idea of the jam band revolves around the late-'60s ideal of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Quicksilver Messenger Service, and while it's never a good idea to merely mimic the sounds of one's heroes, the best jam bands, from Phish on down, build on that sound and take it into exciting new directions. Sad to say, the jammy elements of Windows are limited only to its opening and closing medleys, which each link two fairly similar songs through some not-particularly exciting boogie-style riffing. The intervening four songs are unprepossessing pop/rock of your standard '70s FM radio stock, smeared with state-of-1986 synths and electronic drums in a misguided attempt to sound "current" (which now translates to "dated"). "If You Ask Me" sounds like an outtake from Steve Miller's Abracadabra, and unfortunately, it's the highlight.

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