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Hard Side: 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, Alston’s 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 Idol’s “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.”

CD Info 

Alston - Voodoo For Fun and Profit
Label: Repossession Records
Recon Seed
Rock Star
Why We Fight
Gold Guitar, A
Orange Freezes
Rebel Yell
Carried Away
2 & Ten Low
Voodoo For Fun And Profit
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