steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Wes McDonald

"Cuttin' Up Rocks" CD

Magical Solution Records

Genres: indie rock, grunge, country-rock

Magical Solution
PO Box 49078
Athens GA 30604

May 26 - Jun 1 2003

Wes McDonald's musical style is an accessible and fun one, and will likely appeal to both indie and mainstream audiences.  He goes right for the pop juggular, filling his catchy songs with juicy layers of powerful, often grungy guitars, and hum-worthy vocal melodies.

"Water," which starts off the album, is one of the best on this disc.  It's a deceiving little bugger - it commences with a bit of acoustic diddling, only to explode all of the sudden into hard, grungy guitar territory.  "Since I Did It Wrong" is similarly structured - it starts off with a soft, folky atmosphere, and then jumps right into party rock mode.  An exception to this formula is the title-track, a country-rock number with a spirited chorus and some nice guitar soloing.

This is a fun, catchy album by a relatively new face on the scene.  While parts of this album may be a bit too uniform (the same formula is used on the majority of the tracks, leading to a bit too much repetition), you're guaranteed to enjoy yourself at least a little.  Let's just hope Wes plants a bit more variety in his next release.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 songs, distributed by CD Baby, released 2002]