Roadrunner CD RR 159
Glimmer is the follow-up effort to Kevin
Salems Roadrunner debut, Soma City, which
was one of those well reviewed but not widely heard CDs.
Count me among those that read about Soma City,
made a mental note to check it out, and then lost the note.
Now that Ive got Glimmer in my hands,
Ill be looking for Soma City. Salem
produces an aggressive brand of basic rocknroll,
with about a zillion influences nicely melting together. The
best reference points are perhaps the early Tom Petty albums
or maybe Neil Young re-recording After the Gold
Rush with Pearl Jam instead of Crazy Horse. This is
well-written material with hook-filled power chords, nasally
moaning vocals, and a good sense of dynamics. Like Petty,
hes constructed a careful balance between anthems,
slower love songs, and a few mild experiments. Although the
vocals are a bit hard to make out, a few good lines stand
out: "time turns tears to ice water" and
"they shoot down angels around here for laughs".
But this music isnt about fancy words, its about
rocknroll, and its amazing to me how much
freshness Salem squeezes from this very familiar genre.
Music like this is not about to change the pop music world,
but is sure is nice to have around. Bill