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Frank Tribes

"Gallery" CD

S.E.N. Records

Genre: singer songwriter, pop, classic rock

May 2007

Chicago-based Frank Tribuzio, shortened to Frank Tribes for the purposes of his musical persona, has a history with Garden Bower, a popular local college band that also featured the guitarwork of current Frames member Rob Bochnik. On Gallery, we see a competent, melody-minded songwriter with an eye for a good tune if nothing else. The main influence here is clearly classic rock, which Tribes incorporates throughout - "Vampyres," "On My Way," and "Low to High" just reek of it. A number of songs, notably "Watch You Sleep" and "Surprised," touch on old-fashioned folk-rock (think Youngbloods meets Neil Young). Though the cover art is hideous, Gallery is a solid and cohesive listen from start to finish from Tribes. This might be a bit too spirited and straightforward for the young kids, but people in need of a solid, classic-style rock record should enjoy this CD thoroughly.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, 40:36, distributed by the label, released 2007]