Friday, July 13, 2007

Adam Franklin - Bolts Of Melody + Swervedriver - Mezcal Head

Adam Franklin is the former frontman of one of the greatest rock bands of the 90’s, Swervedriver. You’d be hard pressed to find many records from that decade that can hold a candle to Mezcal Head or Ejector Seat Reservation. I tend to have low expectations for solo records of this nature, which is something I suppose I can blame on Frank Black and his long run of disappointing post-Pixies solo work. Its just tough for musicians from great bands to try to make a name for themselves on their own without always going back and comparing them to their previous band. Bolts Of Melody begins familiarly enough with a song that sounds like it's straight from Swervedriver’s heyday. Soon after though the album becomes much more diverse. "Song Of Solomon" seems to channel the spirit of Elliott Smith, while the appropriately titled "Theme From LSD" shows off Franklin’s ability to create a trippy instrumental soundscape. Overall this record isn’t groundbreaking or truly mind blowing but it is a solid effort, and well worth listening to. I’m also going to include a download for Swervedriver’s Mezcal Head, because as far as I’m concerned it is required listening.

- Steve

Download Bolts Of Melody

Download Mezcal Head

1 comment:

j said...

ongaku, you are so consistently amazing. Can't wait to check this out, i'm a huge Swervedriver fan.