|OK, I have to start this by saying I give bonus points for any band who uses a Lester Bangs quote on the entrance page to their website. Well, not really, if I go around saying that then EVERY band will have a Lester Bangs quote on their site. Still, it is very cool! For those not in the know, Lester Bangs was a god of rock journalism. I didn't always agree with what he had to say, in fact, I often disagreed. However, you had to love the style and fortitude with which he said it. He was over the top and loud, just like much of the music he espoused. So, Chett definitely made my night with that little nod being on their site. The question is, does their music live up to it?
I would say that Chett's sound incorporates elements from artists such as Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Foo Fighters. Even the Godfather of Grunge, Neil Young's distorted Crazy Horse wailings are echoed at times on this album.
The band has crafted songs that all show an individuality about them. This is not an album you will sit down to listen to and walk away feeling as if you listened to the same song over and over. There is a flavor that runs through all of this, but truly each composition is its own individual creation. They know how to drop the intensity while still maintaining that edge, and while none of what they are doing is really new, this particular combination of influences is all their own. I would say that there are a few standout tracks (most notably "Set Me Down" and "Agogamy"), and although some are weaker than others ("Heaven" and "More Than You Know", for example), none are anywhere near unlistenable. I would say that I would like to hear a little better recording of this stuff. I know the slightly muddy sound gives them an edge and a credibility, but I don't think they need the gimmick. They are good enough to go in and got some better production. This disc is definitely one of the better of the genre, and I am very interested to see where Chett goes next. I think Lester and I may have agreed on this one.
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