"The Legend of" CDR
Genres: indie rock, lo-fi, college rock
Sep 22 - 28 2003
Lo-fi college rock is the name of the game with Blain's Kids, who
create short, poorly recorded (yet endearingly so) tunes about the old Nintendo
game, The Legend of Zelda. As can be predicted, The Legend of
Blain's Kids ranges in quality track by track, although they prove that
they can create some pretty good melody when they want to.
Opener "Leever" is one of the highlights of this disc; it's a
catchy, memorable tune with an irresistible minor-key chorus. "Lynel"
is also a strong tune, with a low-key melody and another very pleasant chorus.
That isn't to say everything about this album is great. Some of the
songs aren't nearly as catchy as those examples (tunes like "Pols-voice/Wall
Master" and "Bubble, Fairy, Zol and Zel" shouldn't even be
songs) and often the DIY recording renders the songs lifeless and
ugly-sounding. And that's ugly in the bad way. This isn't a full
album of songs, but rather a collection of tracks, some good and some not, that
could have been pared down to an EP with no loss of quality.
There is talent here, but it isn't as concentrated as it should be.
[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the