The Dark Fantastic - Goodbye Crooked Scar
This is a terrible time to be reviewing this album. Or perhaps I'm
just a terrible person to do it. Forces are conspiring against me -
I keep trying to write a neutral/positive review of this album but
just can't. Perhaps my current state of mind has skewed my opinions.
It's true I am a little tired right now. Or maybe flaws in my
upbringing are causing me to take an excessively negative viewpoint.
Or maybe I'm really underwhelmed by this disc.
Dark Fantastic is the project of former Screaming Trees drummer Mark
Pickerel. Yes, ANOTHER POST GRUNGE RECORD. Pickerel has moved past the
grunge phase to be sure. There are no traces of fuzzed out crunchy power
chord guitar, no heavy metal style drumming, no screaming. Instead the
listener must endure dreary vocals which maddeningly follow the guitar
melody. The same dull mood permeates each song on the album. Sure, some
moments are better than others, but in general this record is mind-numbing.
I keep thinking that I'm supposed to like this album. Consensus was that
the last Dark Fantastic record was pretty good. On top of that, the promo
guy has all sorts of great things to say about how meaningful the lyrics
are. "Pickerel's sadness and desperation comes off like a disappointed
knowing, an unwelcome side effect of a life lived or lessons learned too
young or too hard," said the promo person. What the hell is that supposed
to mean? I think it means the album doesn't stand on its own two feet. I
listened to the album several times, and I sure don't think Pickerel is
sad or desperate. I think he's on prescription depressants. Or perhaps he is
just as bored as I am.
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