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Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening to Today?

First some important news:

  • othercat wants to know your thoughts on Xander. Go fill out her survey and watch her go nuts. Heh.

  • My beloved Romber (Rob/Amber) is still in The Amazing Race and teh evol Lynex is gone, gone, gone! That was pretty much my goal for this year's Amazing Race, truth to tell. I'll be happy if either Romber or Uchena/Joyce win.


Now on to the tunes!

I'm actually pleased with today's selection. It's not often that I get to introduce a local Boston band to a broader audience.

First Time I heard Averi, they were the opening act for the Goo Goo Dolls at the Hampton Beach Casino. Don't get me wrong, I like the Goo Goos just fine, but the only reason why I was there was because my BFF had been dying to see the Goo Goos live and what better way to do it than a 2,000-person club? (Side note: the concert wasn't a sell-out by any means.)

We showed up late, so we were in the middle of Averi's set when we arrived. After about three songs, I figured there was something here. They were good, plus they had an amazing stage presence, were energetic, and a lot of fun. This band, I think, is definitely going somewhere, and I base this on their live set.

So, while my BFF invested in the Goo Goo guano, I opted to support the local band by buying At Wit's End (their first EP) and Direction of Motion, their first full-length CD. They've since released a second full-length CD, called Drawn to Revolving Doors. Since I ordered Drawn to Revolving Doors from the band's Web site the first week it was released, the CD's cover is signed by the whole band. *grins*

Although they are still unsigned (the band's releasing the CDs themselves), they are starting to get attention. The Boston Globe did a feature on the band, and named them one of the 10 local acts to watch in 2005. They've also been named "Best Local Band of 2004" by the Boston Pheonix.

Below are their three albums, music samples, as well as some feebie MP3s from the band's Web site, so we're talking seven big songs! Enjoy!






First, let's get the band-sponsored goodies out of the way.

Free MP3 Downloads from the Band
These tracks are as-yet unreleased songs that are available directly from the Averi Website(Right-click save for these links only)
She Waits
Bounce
More Than What I Need
Tendancys (Not a misspelled word!)



At Wit's End (EP) Rating=$$
[Support the Artist]
How I Got This CD: Bought new last year at a Goo Goo Dolls concert where they were the opening act.

Not a terrible CD, but definitely an amateur effort. There is embroyonic good, but the band is aping Dave Matthews just a little too much. The roots of the band's sound is here, but the instrumentals aren't tight and the vocals are battling it out in the mix. The harmonizing ain't all that (in fact, it's downright intrusive), and the band isn't what you'd call tight. The talent comes through, the lyrics are decent, but this is a band that needs to work a little more before they're ready for the big time.

People who are interested in tracking as-yet unsigned bands with a real shot at the big-time might be interested in this. Averi fans will also find this worth having (although I wouldn't call it a must). The CD is not generally available, but you can get it from the band's web site. Just the same, I'd recommend going for the other two CD's instead of this one.

Sample Song Download: Flood (NOTE: From YSI.)



Direction of Motion Rating=$$$$
[Support the Artist]
How I Got This CD: Bought new last year at a Goo Goo Dolls concert where they were the opening act.

This is a million-dollar improvement over At Wit's End. This CD offers great songs, great sound, and a band much more ready for the big time. I heard a number of these songs live, and I can tell you that the CD actually doesn't do the band justice. The mixing is better, the instrumentals are tighter, and the vocals are working together. If you're a Boston local, you'll hear references to Boston landmarks in some of the songs, which makes it kind of fun.

A number of my favorite Averi songs are on this CD, including Discovering teh Truth About Oz (which I used for the opening chapter of my fanfic Discovering the Truth About the Wizard of Oz. The Bones Underneath was used for one of the chapters in Water Hold Me Down.

This very much reamins my favorite album of the three they've released. While I paid full-freight for the CD, I'm very glad I got my hands on this. Whether or Averi makes it big, this is just a good CD with decent pop tunes and a head-nodding good time for the cube set

Sample Song Download: Numb (NOTE: From YSI. And no, it's no relation to the Linkin Park song of the same name.)



Drawn to Revolving Doors Rating=$$$$
[Support the Artist]
How I Got This CD:Bought new off the band's Web site when it was released. I didn't know that if you ordered the first week, the entire band signed the insert. *grins*

It took a little bit for this CD to grow on me, mostly because Direction of Motion was so good. However, I've grown to love this one as well. The CD is a little bit more radio-ready and the band definitely sounds like it's on the verge of the big-time. As to whether or not they'll be able to take the step from great local band to a band with a broader audience, only time will tell.

Since I've already said just about everything I can say about the band, why don't I go right to the music.

Sample Song Download: Mouth Full of Sand (NOTE: From YSI.)


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Read the index for previous thumbnail reviews.
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Rating system:
None = Avoid at all cost. Worth cutting your ears off to avoid if someone threatens to play it for you. When faced with even the threat of its cellophane-wrapped presence, your best option is to RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!

$= If you stumble across it for cheap in a used bin, it might, maybe, perhaps could be worth the buy, but only if you need a cheap coaster for your cold drinks or a cool-looking frisbee.

$$= You might want to give this CD/artist a try, but only if the sample track tickles your fancy. Don't bother buying this one new because the good tunes you'd get out of this one ain't worth that kind of money.

$$$ = Worth looking for on a casual basis and maybe even buying new, but no big rush.

$$$$ = Definitely worth having in the ol' CD collection and definitely worth buying new, but don't re-arrange your personal "must have" list to get your hands on it.

$$$$$ = Why haven't you bought this CD yet? Go. This is a "Want. Take. Have." situation because you so want this.
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