steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

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The Stationary Poets

Self-Titled CD

Small Round Records

Genres: roots-rock, American roots-rock, indie rock

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April 27 - May 4 2002

I must admit, roots rock has never been a favourite genre of mine. Although I can't say I've had that much experience in listening to it, what I've heard hasn't really impressed me all that much. It was because of this that I wasn't that excited by seeing The Stationary Poets' album come in the mail. American roots-rock is what they play; there's no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Despite this, I found the album to be pretty dang good. From the upbeat, rollicking "All The Love" to the mellower "Don't Know," this album is a fun, catchy collection of songs. Although it is true that some of the songs here fall flat, the majority of this is very inspired.

If you're a fan of roots rock, this will definitely appeal to you. If you're put off by the genre, this may change your mind; it certainly changed mine.


Matt Shimmer