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Big Wedge — Minutiae
((Not on label) no#, 2003, CD)

by Mike Grimes, Published 2005-03-01

Minutiae Cover artBased out of New York City, Big Wedge is a mainstream rock band with a few unexpected twists. Every song on Minutiae is in a different style. The album opens with “Land of the Free” – a ska-influenced rock tune with patriotic post-9/11 lyrics. The next track, “Modern Technology,” is more hard rock in nature, then the song after that is super melodic pop rock. “Meet Your Match” is funk-based and includes a guest horn section and extended trombone and sax solos! Two of the songs, “Pick One” and “When I Had You,” sound straight out of the 1950s. The Elvis-sounding rock and roll tune “Pick One” actually features one guitarist’s dad making a guest appearance on twangy guitar. And he’s pretty good! With “Dymond City,” the band lands squarely back in the late 80s, sounding like Warrant. A contemporary country track follows that, and then the first of two interesting instrumentals appears. “Blue” features some nice fretless bass and guitar melodies throughout. The other instrumental, “Stomp,” has some great Thin Lizzy twin harmony guitar melodies playing on top of a Dave Gilmour sounding delay guitar line. “Faces of the Storm” is a prog-metal heavy riff tune in 7 with war story lyrics and good melodic guitar solos. The playing on Minutiae isn’t flashy, but the tracks are clean and polished and the vocalist is a good rock singer. While all the songs fall within the boundaries of pop/ rock, the stylistic variety is definitely high.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 31, 2003 releases

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