Review: Stegosaur – Adventure 7 inch

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Released: October 13, 2009

Label: Seafoam Recordings

Stegosaur opens up this 7″ by discussing the trials and tribulations of making (and selling) a record. If a commercially successful record was made by packing a lot into a short record, they’d be in great shape. Sadly, the “industry” isn’t quite like that. “A Headache” is a driving tune with a touch of tongue-in-cheek humor from a band that’s clearly more interested in producing good music than in caving into the pressure to “make it.” “Big Breath” has surprisingly catchy, low-key guitar that moves over a shuffling rhythm and builds a sense of anticipation and yearning throughout. The beat straightens out again, accentuated by bouncy Rhodes piano on “Bloooooood.” That combines with pleading vocals and leaves the song with a sense of being that good friend who both commiserates with and somehow raises your spirits. What’s most interesting about Adventure is how it really travels across only three songs, moving that great distance from clever and quirky to touching and personal both quickly and seamlessly.

Seafoam Recordings only made 300 of these 7 inches (200 black/100 clear). The artwork is every bit as good as the tunes, so don’t miss the opportunity to pick this one up!

Satriani: 6/10
Zappa: 6/10
Dylan: 7/10
Aretha: 7/10
Overall: 7/10

If you’re curious about my rating system, it’s explained here.

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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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