Monday, August 24, 2009

Review -- LIVING IN THE BOOM TIMES -- Self Titled

SELF-TITLED
Living In The Boom Times
Independent
6.5-out-of-10
Living In The Boom Times is a band offering up country music, well sort of country music. I'd term it sort of post-modern country.
This is not the homogenized country coming out of Nashville these days, so that is generally a good thing.
As a sound Boom Times owes more to someone like Ian Tyson, although this is still a fair step from Tyson too. There is a more modern, almost pop/rock twist to the music which makes this a little hard to classify.
The band is fronted by the vocals of Tim McCashin. His voice fits a country-ish sound, although it comes across a bit static at time. The vocals all sort of blend together.
When the band does add in back-up vocals, such as with the song Bez, they have a sort of 'echoey' feel that doesn't quite work for me.
There are some powerful cuts here lyrically, in particular Boy from Ontario, a song that begs for listeners to fully digest the words. Without a doubt the best cut here.
To the band's credit they do offer up 15 songs, including two versions of the title cut, the main one coming it at over seven minutes, and the CD then ending with an acoustic version.
There are some interesting efforts here, powered generally by compelling lyrics, and enhanced by the post-modern country influences.
Definitely one to look at if you like unique takes on country music.

-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 12, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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