The Graeme Mearns Band - Some Kind of Bliss (1 star)

The Graeme Mearns Band - Some Kind of Bliss

(Partners in Crime)


There’s nothing more irritating than listening to a Scot sing with an American accent. Someone should really have mentioned this to Graeme Mearns, and while they were at it, advised him to drag his band’s music out of the 90s. This album, Some Kind of Bliss, certainly proves that the Scottish trio can write and perform competently but each track is so derivative that you could be forgiven for never getting past the first 30 seconds. The vocals sound like Brian Molko on 60 smokes a day, the lyrics are clichéd and cringeworthy and don’t even get me started on that ridiculous slap bass. Back to the drawing board please, lads.


1. The Green Badger12 Mar 2008, 10:56am Report

This review is drivel. One can only presume that your Ms. Pia was either having a bad day or trying too hard to persuade her boss she's lost the influence of her time at Kerrang. This album's great - punchy, dirty, original and smart. Derivative? Ah, no. There's more originality here than I've heard from a band in quite some time with tracks that often race between the genres within the space of a few bars. Cliched? Nonsense. Clever lyricism that makes me laugh and think about stuff from a different perspective doesn't sound like cliche to me. I just don't understand the comments Ms. Pia makes. Really, List, you've got to do better than this. The Edinburgh music scene needs bands like the GMB to keep it fresh, not reviewers who don't listen trying to pull the carpet out from the few worthwhile and innovative bands we've got. Go and see the GMB live and check out what you're feet are doing.

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