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info opinion

The Great Mistake

"Revolutions" CD


Genres: pop/rock

Sep 26 - Oct 3 2004

If all CDs could just have an opening and closing track, The Great Mistake's Revolutions would be a pretty good album. "Nimbus", a catchy, moody pop rock tune, opens the disc off strong with foot-tappin' lyrics and a solid if not spectacular backing. Looking past Joe Castanza's average vocals, the songwriting shines through and the band is not trying to pull off any miracles - they know what they can do and they do it.

Unfortunately for The Great Mistake, writing catchy lyrics (and there are a couple of gems in here, such as "'Blind faith never made much sense, could all these miracles be accidents?") doesn't really cut it when your tracks can't really stand up on their own on pure musicianship. The band seems to fall into a little bit of a rut with their middle tracks, but the closer, "All Around the Edges," is a pleasant, ear-pleasing tune with a couple of good guitar riffs and the band's usual clever lyrics.

The Great Mistake's Revolutions is certainly a solid pop/rock ramble. The band's niche isn't a particularly breathtaking one from a musical standpoint, but it's interesting enough for a diversion. It could worth a listen if you're into that kind of thing.


Jack White

[Vitals: 6 tracks + 1 hidden track, distributed by CD Baby, released 2004]