steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion


"Scenes From Next Week" CD


Genres: pop/rock, soft rock

P.O. Box 2076
Waukesha, WI

Jan 3 - 9 2005

Exit is a very standard pop/rock band; they present a clean, glossy image without a hint of edginess or adventure.  The resulting music is perfectly accessible, though frightfully devoid of originality or daringness.  While I can see a song or two off Scenes From Next Week making it to mainstream radio stations (probably something like EZ Rock), I can't help but wonder what will set this apart from the plethora of other self-releases just like it.  Opening song "Anyway" probably has the highest likelihood of making a radio playlist; due to its simple, lush melody, it's a prime candidate to get stuck in an average pop fan's head (and stereo).  Its regular, inoffensive formula does the trick, in a sort of Barenaked Ladies-but-softer vein.  There are occasional surprises here and there - like the U2-esque guitar solo on "Lonely People," or the brief guitar feedback on "Mary Go Round," but overall this is a consistent though bland effort.  Exit has done well with Scenes From Next Week, given what it is - with the band's obvious talent, though, I only wish they had tried to do something more.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by CD Baby, released 2003]