Sunday, December 23, 2007

MAGIC MARKERS — BOSS

MAGIC MARKERS — BOSS

Boss is a tough album for me. On the one hand, it's impossible to disparage the Magik Marker's tastes: Dinosaur Jr., the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith's Horses, Patti Smith's Horses-inspired Sonic Youth and Patti Smith's Horses-inspired PJ Harvey. It's also nice to hear an experimental band find the pop elements in in their influences. On the other hand, do those pop elements allow the magik Markers find a way to transcend their influence(s)? Do the Magik Markers do to Patti Smith, Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey what Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey did to Patti Smith, the Velvet Underground and Dinosaur Jr.? Is there a reason to intentionally play this album if you already have the albums that influenced it?

The answers, unfortunately, are No, No and Not Really. The Markers haven't discovered unforseen potentials in their influences, nor have they recovered a sound thought lost. They just really like what they like, and they've made a tribute to that. And it's a loving tribute. It's the sort of album one wouldn't mind hearing individual tracks from in a random itunes shuffle. But it's not a Best Of The Year contender. At least, I hope there were 10 albums better than this...

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