"String Band" CD
Genres: country, country-folk, bluegrass
PO Box 30030
Apr 14 - 20 2003
called String Band because all of the instruments on it, save
the drums, are string instruments. Guitar, bass, banjo,
mandolin, violin... there's a whole smorgasbord of strings that are plucked and rubbed
on this album. Len's Lounge play very solid,
catchy country songs that boast a nice blend of both the old-timey and
the more modern, upbeat country styles.
"Soul Sucker" is a particularly memorable track; its solid
chorus is one that will get you humming along upon first listen.
"West of the Wabash," meanwhile, is a bittersweet, forlorn
piece with an elegant, endearing mood. "Miranda," on
the other hand, is a bit of a bland track, and "Simple Song" ends up becoming tedious after multiple listens, but could be
fixed with a bit more focus put on the nearly inaudible violin part.
Len's Lounge's music is a very nice brand of country, and String
Band shows off the band's fantastic performing and songwriting talents
well. The majority of the songs on this album are real
winners, with a terrific western feel that should appeal to country
and bluegrass fans everywhere. The only problem is that some
tracks can drag a bit with repeated listens, and this ruins the disc's flow (an example is "Miranda," which can become
quite monotonous.) Improving the flow by paring down some of the
less spectacular tracks will help the band on their next effort.
Overall, this is a very solid country release that boasts a lot of
positive elements. If you enjoy country music, or are just a
newbie who's looking to explore the modern scene, Len's Lounge's
String Band will doubtlessly make a worthy purchase.
11 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2002]