The Great Outdoors
I have to say the opening cut of The Winter's Touch took me totally by surprise here. The male lead vocalist has a great voice, although no where on the CD does it explain who that is, or even who the band members are. That in itself is a point off the score. There is even a band picture, but no names. Fans want to know who they hear singing, or who offers up the great guitar work.
Speaking of great guitar, you get that on No Bells.
Anyway, back to The Winter's Touch, a female voice joins in and the two mix remarkably well. Now the cut is co-written by Melisa Devost, so I might go out on a limb and assume it is her voice, but that is only a guess.
Nickle City Slim is credited as the guest vocalist on the very bluesy The Garbage Man Song, another cut which surprised.
Of course The Great Outdoors doesn't really have a style either, which means each song is a bit out of sync with the one before it.
At times the switch takes place mid song too. On Edison's Genius it starts out quite modern rock, then mid song, the bluesy effort pops back into the mix.
There are some definite highlights, such as when Shaun Brodie contributes trumpet. It is a really nice touch.
Individually, I like every song here, yet collectively they aren't quite as appealing, because they don't always feel like they are part of the same whole.
There is certainly enough here to listen to again, and I do hope they record again, but stay a bit more on point when they do. A lot of elements packed into this CD. Most work, a few just feel out of place.
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-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 3, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada