WAKE UP THE DANCE MACHINE
Anyone who regularly reads the reviews here will know I hold a special place in my heart for music from Saskatchewan. I have come to learn that there is a ton of great Saskatchewan music out there, and it deserves to be recognized, and promoted.
However, Wake Up The Dance Machine by the Moose Jaw band Go Jeff isn't one of those great recordings. In fact, by the time the noise of the second song on this one is growling out of the headphones, I was left wishing that the band had indeed left the dance machine sleep if this was the result of waking it up.
Now I'll admit I'm gray-haired these days, but I'm not sure where the word dance and this noise come together either.
I do recognize that modern music is pretty diverse, and much of it I enjoy, including the likes of One Bad Son, and Volcanoless In Canada which while very different are both great. This is different too, but simply not great.
The band does catch a bit of style on cut three Womandolin, where the female lead singer can actually be heard. Sadly, neither the CD liner notes, or the bands myspace page give her complete name. The song too is about the only bright spot on a CD that really doesn't have a lot going for it.
This is four young musicians who truly need to find a different approach before heading to the studio again.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb. 6, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada