Exposé print issues (1993-2011)
The Quiet Room — Introspect
(Unus Dominion DR2907, 1997, CD)
by Jerry Baiden, Published 2000-10-01
This takes me back to 1987! Long live big hair! Introspect by The Quiet Room is a teasingly good CD. Sans the reference to 80s-style grooming, "teasingly good" is a serious evaluation of this band's biggest problem: excellent technical delivery without memorable songs. Throughout Introspect one is just waiting for a melody or a riff that they might be able to take with them as a souvenir of a heartfelt experience. Unfortunately, that event never happens. One, instead, is however dazzled by the technical vivaciousness of each of the musicians. This problem is actually a common one where the musicians, for whatever reason, forget about making meaningful and lasting contact with the listener. The major problem is the melodies. The melodic contour of the lead vocal lines are very narrow. This is not a big deal when you sound like the guy from Offspring, but when you sound like Rik Emmett, you will only be defeated by the lack of a wider vocal line. The vocalist for The Quiet Room could only benefit from a higher quality melody line. The band only now needs to find that balance between musical and technical aspects.
Filed under: New releases, Issue 20, 1997 releases
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