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Time: 11 tracks/28:24 min.
Wighead is probably a really fun band to watch live. The quotes on their MySpace page seem to attest to that. The question is: can they transfer that fun to a full length CD?
The answer is: kind of. The self-titled CD by Wighead is more of a smirk and a big smile in most places, rather than a bunch of big laughs all over the place. That is not necessarily a bad thing it just leaves room for growth.
Wighead's sound seems to float in the Breakfast With Amy / Danielson / Yum Yum Children arena, even though they don't reach the same level of quirky coolness as those three bands did / do. I specifically only mention Christian bands, because Wighead sound a lot like a Christian band trying to do the "quirky rock with occasional polka-ish beats" thing. In fact, I can almost swear that the song "Office Building" was on one of those Simply Stupendous (or whatever they were called) samplers back in the late 90s. Maybe I am just thinking that because Wighead mixes semi-crunchy guitars with dominant keyboards and quirky rhythms like many of those mid-90s alt-pop CCM bands did. Not to mention that the leader singer often sounds just like the guy from Hokus Pick.
Of course, after saying that, I have to point out that the eighth track would never be accepted by the CCM industry. All it is the same two words spoken over and over again one of them a cuss word. It is a pretty pointless song, even if you don't care about profanity. After checking Urban Dictionary… I hope that they meant to use this short phrase as a slang term for a piece of junk VW. Whatever they meant it for, it was a waste of a track there is no attempt at humor, irony, or even a cool riff in the whole song.
Other reviews of Wighead's
music have mentioned Ween, They Might Be Giants, and Frank Zappa as influences.
That would be a pretty fair assessment. Lyrically, the themes of
loneliness and needing a girlfriend seem to come up frequently, so I hope
these guys get a lot more exposure with this disc and make some more female
friends. If you like what you hear on their MySpace page, you will
like the whole disc.
Matt Crosslin - editor of
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