9/18/2006

Additional Moog-Lost Engines

Artist: Additional Moog
Title: Lost Engines
Genre: Alternative-Rock-Pop-Country
Label: Lost Cat Records
Website

Lost Engines gives you a grand tour of the Additional Moog sound. This band sounds like many bands you have heard before yet they put their own particular twist on everything.

16 tracks is a lot of music to take in, but it’s all very enjoyable and that’s a good thing. I thought about the Velvet Underground more than once while I was listening to it. The band likes to call itself lo-fi alt country, in some cases I can agree with that, particularly on one of my favourite tunes, “Soul Star.” A lot of the time I heard some good basic rock-pop comparative to Big Star and the like, partly because vocalist James Williams reminded me of Alex Chilton.

If you want to rock, this is not your CD. If you like nice melodies, sweet vocal harmonies, and jangling guitars this will be exactly what the doctor ordered. I found it very pleasant and unusually relaxing for music with so much rhythm and substance. The lyrics are clear and have some purpose; there really are not any nonsensical forays that have you scratching your head. Yes, Additional Moog cuts right to the chase: it is simple, clean, and good music. Sometimes it’s what I need and other times it makes me yawn, it just depends what kind of mood I am in and what my energy level is. But that goes without saying no matter I listen to. All in all, this is an album worth checking out; they are an interesting and different band that caught my ear several times while listening to this CD.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

September 18, 2006

01. Avalanche Days (3:22)
02. Country Singer (3:09)
03. Harmonica Fuel (3:02)
04. Eurovision Failure (2:19)
05. Silver Diver (3:22)
06. Trout Thing (3:34)
07. Throat Kung-Fu (1:52)
08. High Lounge (3:07)
09. Alaska (3:41)
10.Kicking Static (2:36)
11. Soul Star (5:17)
12. Queen Of The D (2:18)
13. El Guiro! (2:28)
14. Mexicans (2:36)
15. Signs On 54 (4:15)
16. Rope-Trained (2:58)

Credits:
James Williams vocals, guitar
Ian Powell drums, backing vocals
Alex Reynolds bass, additional guitar
Mark Rose guitars, additional moogs, bass, keys, songs

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