Alston - Voodoo For Fun and Profit
By Jeff Collins
Although the band features former members
of Primer 55, fans looking for something heavy might find the record to
be a bit soft.
Finding their musical niche somewhere between
Incubus and Smash Mouth, Alston layers catchy riffs, clever guitar textures,
and catchy vocal lines over a tight rhythm section, exploring all moods
from heavy metal to acoustic pop rock.
Listeners who want to mosh will probably
find the band uninteresting, but for those who favor lighter sounds, Alstons
attack may seem too loud and abrasive.
Their inability to decide whether or not
to rock is essentially what kept me from enjoying the record. This
unhappy medium is the void into which all too many bands have fallen.
A truly jammin cover of Billy Idols Rebel
Yell was an unlikely high point of the record, and it grooved over the
subwoofer so well that for a split second, I actually thought Billy Idol
was kind of cool
for a split second.
After coming to my senses, however, in
sat the cold hard reality that Alston will find a home neither in my heart
nor in my CD player. The only time in the foreseeable future that
this disc may receive another spin is if I get drunk and want to show all
my friends the kick ass version of Rebel Yell.
- Voodoo For Fun and Profit
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