Tuesday , February 7 2023
Punk, even the sophisticated variety to which this aspires, needs attitude.

CD REVIEW: Last Burning Embers, Lessons in Redemption

This is a so-so CD from a so-so post-punk band. It’s got the requisite high-energy drumming (by Big Takeover publisher Jack Rabid), along with heavy, dark guitars sometimes reminiscent of Ozzy, plus some keyboards for atmosphere. Some of the songs have unexpected rhythmic twists, or chord changes more characteristic of pop than punk, but that doesn’t make them memorable or make up for the pedestrian writing and bland singing. The latter is really the band’s biggest flaw: punk, even the sophisticated variety to which this aspires, needs attitude. Here, the instruments bang and preen and snarl, but the singing doesn’t.

Having said all that, I always appreciate when a well-known critic puts out his own music, inviting upon himself the same scrutiny he imposes on others. It gives all of us a better name. If I gave out stars in my reviews, that would be worth an extra half-star right there.

About Jon Sobel

Jon Sobel is Publisher and Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases in various genres. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at http://www.orenhope.com/ you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at http://parkodyssey.blogspot.com/ where he visits every park in New York City. And by night he's a part-time working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

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