"City Parks After Dark" CD
Nobody's Favorite Records
Genre: acoustic rock
Sep 29 2008
Jesse Houle and Sean Watson comprise Grey Milk, a sadly bland
acoustic rock band. The majority of the songs on City Parks After Dark
fall flat. As
happens with many "unplugged" rock bands, a reliance on chugging strumming makes the compositions sound ragged and amateurish.
Add to that some frequently tuneless vocals, and you've got a problem.
While I do appreciate the hooks on "Uprooted, Part I" and "Missing,"
for the most part these songs fail to click. "Postcards" starts off
promising but eventually drowns in its own exasperated angst, "Bad,
Bad News" is too close to open mic night at the student pub, and five
minute "Running Circles" is five cluttered minutes too long. As it
stands, City Parks After Dark is the worst record I've heard from this
usually consistent label.
[Vitals: 13 tracks, distributed by