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.
Related artist(s): The Quiet Room
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more