Saturday, August 8, 2009

Pictures of Then on Rock And Roll And Meandering Nonsense

Monday, August 03, 2009
Review: Pictures of Then - Pictures of Then and the Wicked Sea
Label: self-released

Released: August 4, 2009

If Jeff Lynne was more quirky than slick, he may have found himself in the
neighborhood of Pictures of Then and the Wicked Sea. From the start, the
band makes it clear that they have both bombastic, big guitars as well as
carefully crafted hooks up their sleeve, yet they manage to be grounded at
the same time. They can be as easily driven by huge chords or swaggering
riffs as they can be by acoustic intimacy or 70s countrified pop. Like
Lynne, they borrow heavily from the Beatles' sound, but not as much from
that band's creative adventurousness. While they do operate in a safer zone,
it doesn't make them dull, because they give their influences a unique
voice. Throughout, there's enough hint of indie cleverness to bind it all
together, no matter which path a song takes, ultimately finding the happy
ground between wild and careful and drawing on the best of both worlds.

Satriani: 7/10
Zappa: 7/10
Dylan: 7/10
Aretha: 6/10
Overall: 7/10



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