Review Vol 2 The Scattering: Review – July 2009

Posted 01 Jul 2009 in Reviews

“Vol. 2 – The Scattering” (Trifonic Laboratories; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

I don’t know where to begin in describing the music on Slow Burning Car’s “Vol. 2 – The Scattering.” As my good friend Mike SOS states below, these musicians pride themselves in working with a multitude of musical colors. I hear everything on this CD from the band’s self-professed space rock to 80s punk to Foreigner-style hard rock to early new wave and beyond. Hell, track 11, “Siren,” even has a bit of modern country in it (sans twang).

So, if diversity is what you’re looking for in a rock’n’roll band, you need look no further. No two tracks sound alike here. What’s surprising is that, despite the wide variety of sounds and styles, the CD still stands together as a whole. That may have something to do with the band’s amazing ability to create irresistible hooks, both instrumentally and vocally. “The Scattering” grabs your attention from the beginning and doesn’t let go but it doesn’t do it by bludgeoning you but rather by beckoning you along as it goes.

As I listen to “The Scattering,” both Faith No More and King’s X came to mind. Not so much because Slow Burning Car sounds like those bands but because their bold and original talent is similar.

The production on this CD also deserves to be mentioned. “The Scattering” has a crisp, clean sound that’s perfectly balanced. The vocals are always at the optimal volume, as are all instruments. Stereo separation is used effectively and brilliantly, giving particular tracks (“Adama” comes most immediately to mind) a bigger sound. In fact, at times, the CD is almost too slick (a la Ozzy Osbourne’s “The Ultimate Sin”) but, thankfully, never really goes too far.

Slow Burning Car has come a long way from their “Blowback” CD to “The Scattering.” I will listen to this CD often as I eagerly anticipate the band’s next recorded work.

Slow Burning Car: Troy Spiropoulos (Agent Prime): Lead Vocals, Bass; Mike Zimmerman (Agent 3): Drums, Backing Vocals; Victor Bishop (Agent 4:20): Keys, samples, Backing Vocals; Duc V. Le – (Agent 6): Lead Guitar; Sheila McSherry (Agent 5a): Backing Vocals; Krista Ray (Agent 5b): Backing Vocals.

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