Grey Eye Glances, A Little Voodoo Rating=$$$
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How I Got This CD: Bought used for something like $3 at the same time as I bought my October Project CDs
I sometimes like this CD more than the above rating, sometimes I like it right at the level I've rated it. To be on the safe side, I've given it the lower rating. My primary problem is that it strikes me a slightly too slick. It tends to err closer to those "new wave crossover country albums" of the late 1990s and early 2000s when all the people in Nashville were making a run for the Weekly Top 40 than it does to folk rock. Now, I didn't mind the wave of country-pop that briefly assaulted the radio air waves, but it's also a sound that very quickly gets on my nerves.
However, there are certain charms of the CD that make up for the musical shortcomings. For a start, Jennifer Nobel's lead vocals are a strong centerpiece on which the rest of the band hinges. Secondly? (And I know this is gonna sound mega petty), the band is not pretty. They look like normal human beings. I know. That has less-than-zero to do with the talent in Grey Eye Glances, but it also makes me kind of like them, despite the fact that I think they misfired with this CD.
I've heard other tracks from this group (not off this CD) and they sounded slightly more folk-ish. I ended up buying this CD sound unheard because I liked the tracks from their earlier albums that I had heard and because this CD was available and cheap. It's definitely worth the used price I paid for it (maybe even slightly more). I think I would've been less happy with the CD if I paid full price.
To get a better taste of what I like about this band visit their website, click on 'music,' and play the songs from their early albums. That's the band I really liked.
Sample Songs Download: Oh No, Good Folks, He and She
You can download all files from the project page by clicking here.
Read the index for previous thumbnail reviews.
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.
In case you're wondering, yes, the Pixies and October Project tracks (a total of 12 tunes between the two posts) are still available for download and will be for at least 30 days.