Gleasons Drift: Blythe Township Mellencamp

Within the first couple bars of the album, I found the familiar country/blues rhythm guitar making my foot tap, but after listening to the whole song, I found it repetitive and monotonous. Each song has a different feel, but within the song, hardly anything changed. The vocals seemed to sing similar parts, while the guitar would return to the same riff over and over as the drums plodded along. The first track that seemed to break this trend was the fifth song, “Omni,” which included a guitar solo close to the end.

“Omni” seemed to signal a turning point. Track six, “It Ain’t Easy Being Me,” also featured more than a standard guitar riff, and brought me back into the music. Although there were some little things here and there that caught my attention, overall this album is just ordinary. It features some country and blues elements that fans of the genre would enjoy, but there is nothing really innovative or creative here. The melodies sounded familiar with the exception of a few guitar parts. And while there are numerous repetitive elements within each song, the tracks are differentiable.

Over the course of this release, the band does little to set themselves apart from other country or blues bands. If this kind of music is something you enjoy, I recommend giving it a try, but otherwise it is not anything special.

In A Word: Mundane