Time : 20 tracks/76:09
Mindy's Revenge is an intriguing concept. Word seems
to be trying a little market research and letting the buyer pay for it.
I'm not sure what I think about this idea. While it sounds like a
good practice, in principle I object to having to pay for their market
research. After you listen to the CD, Word would like you to vote
for your favorite band (which they may then sign).
Anyway, Mindy's Revenge gives you twenty cuts from little
known artists. Word describes it as "the definitive collection of new music
from the bleeding-edge." The cuts are mostly modern rock, with some
folk, blues, and acoustic pop. Since each artist gets only one track,
they are obviously giving you their best. It was very hard to pick
out a favorite because most of them are pretty good.
The artists included are the following: Skypark, Porcelain, Room
Full Of Walters, Vine, Mark Giacobbe, Jesse's Vineyard, Allison & Catherine
Pierce, Gorgeous, Chris Taylor, Prophecy, Jeff Deyo, Jeanette Sullivan,
According to John, Kings Road, Dog Named David, Thread, Human, The Nobodys,
The Forty Days, and Sacred Sky.
The lyrics are, of course, a mixed bag. There's a song which
says "Soap" can't wash away sin, by Vine. Mark Giacobbe's "490" is
a mellow acoustic song about God's forgiveness. "Faith, Hope, and Love,"
by Allison and Catherine Pierce, has a real CCM feel to it.
I had a favorite, but it doesn't seem fair to tell you. If
the idea behind the project appeals to you, spend the $9.99 and find out
for yourself. Don't forget to vote if you do. -----Shari Lloyd
It is difficult for indie bands to gain much exposure outside of
their local area, and so indie compilations are often popular--both with
the bands who relish the exposure and with fans looking for something new.
Word Records offered twenty bands the opportunity to be featured here,
and already several of them are on record labels.
As usual, the quality of music here varies. Most of the bands are
in the modern rock vein, from the light pop side to a slightly heavier
one in places. To be honest, not much stood out to me, but Chris Taylor
(ex-Love Coma) presents what is probably the best track, with a partly
acoustic, worshipful song. There are a few other bands that have fairly
good songs, and all the bands are competent, but if this compilation shows
anything, it's that you need something special in the current indie scene
if your recordings are to stand out.
Artists Featured: Skypark, Porcelain, Room Full of Walters, Vine,
Mark Giacobbe, Jesse's Vineyard, Allison & Catherine Pierce,
Gorgeous, Chris Taylor, Prophecy, Jeff Devo, Jeannette Sullivan, According
to John, Kings Road, Dog Named David, Thread, Human, The Nobodys, The Forty
Days, Sacred Sky
By James Stewart