"Cuttin' Up Rocks"
Genres: indie rock, grunge, country-rock
PO Box 49078
Athens GA 30604
May 26 - Jun 1 2003
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
"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
11 songs, distributed by CD
Baby, released 2002]