Bruce Main — Layers
((Not on label) no#, 2005, CD)
by Sean McFee, Published 2007-03-01Layers is the second album by Bruce Main, a mostly DIY one-man-album type thing that Main wrote, recorded, and has made available on CD Baby. Brian Phraner from Phreeworld, for those who remember him, plays bass on the whole album. The drums appear to be programmed, or if not they sound that way at any rate. There are eight tracks, mixing songs and instrumentals (which are basically field recordings). As a songwriter Main is about average or below-average; the lyrics are trite, the social commentary boilerplate. The guitar work sounds alright, although if that is your main axe it would seem to make sense to make it more prominent in the mix. The vocals are flat. And for a recording billing itself as progressive rock, it might have served Main well to stray out of 4/4, although that might have required learning how to program more complicated drum parts. As it is this is just a collection of songs, sometimes OK, sometimes lame. I don't want to be any meaner than necessary about this review, but somebody has to be truthful about the quality if this guy's friends won't. It's just part and parcel with the self-released CD era, typos in the booklet and all. Layers should have been subject to the scrutiny of a producer or independent outside voice who could have helped identify the good bits and send the rest back for rework.
Related artist(s): Bruce Main
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more
Sheila Chandra with the Ganges Orchestra - "This Sentence Is True" (The Previous Sentence Is False) – Throughout the 90s, Sheila Chandra recorded albums of solo voice, basically drones with refined, studied melodies and tones above them. That was interesting enough (since I love her voice), but lacked... (2001) » Read more