Kicked To The Curb (Community Projects)
Reviewed by DJ Johnson
When Ashley Guff sings "Last Night" in a voice that sounds a little like what Lennon
might have sounded like if they'd needed another take of "Twist & Shout," my throat
begins to hurt. Honest. Not a Brian-Johnson-Sings-Hells-Bells type of shredded vocal
cord effect, but if his voice was a speaker, there would be knife slashes in the cone.
Which is what makes me like this CD. The music is often run-of-the-mill pop/punk that
breaks no new ground and falls into a lot of cliche patterns and could even get downright
boring if Guff didn't have a great rock 'n' roll voice. The playing isn't bad, but the
songwriting needs work, boys. For starters, make something happen in the songs instead
of just finding a 6-chord progression and following it over and over. Punk that could
just as easily be a loop is in immediate danger of being dismissed. If they take their
positives - ability to play their instruments, a powerful sound and a singer that can
hold his own with anybody - and build on them, Guff is going to make a real big noise
someday. Keep 'em bookmarked.
© 2002 - DJ Johnson