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info opinion

The Cliffhanger

"Hit the Horizontal" CDEP

Consett Recording Co.

Genres: indie rock

Consett Records
PO Box 289
Cateshead NE8 4ZP

Mar 8 - 14 2004

I've got to hand it to The Cliffhanger, this release looks terrific.  The cover is appealing - the front is a nice horizon photo, while the back is a bit of black-and-white Sebadoh-esque DIY deliciousness.  The music, similarly, is quite well-produced - very glossy and finely-recorded.

The music itself - and that's what's important, right? - is of high quality, though unfortunately predictable and bland.  The band's style is decidedly rock, without anything unpredictable or particularly original to it.  The songs are too long for their own good.  "The Sublime" for example, is eight minutes - it could be three songs, except there aren't enough hooks to go around.  Clearly some editing should have been done somewhere along the way.  The shortest song is the first one, which is consequently also the title-track.  It's probably the most promising tune on here, simply because its melody isn't left to stagnate for over five minutes.

There are only three songs here, and I expected much more from them than I got.  While The Cliffhanger is not by any means a bad band, they just don't do anything interesting enough to make anyone want to listen to them.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2003]