TOUCH AND GO
The second album by the NYC band
Vibrolush tries too hard to be too many things to too many listeners. The album
is not without its successes, specifically the pretty, George Harrison-style
guitar-pop number "Sun" and the title track, a catchy rocker with a melody
reminiscent of "Whisper to a Scream" by the one-hit-wonder Icicle Works. It's
when the boys get over-ambitious that things tend to stray. The introduction of
strings and synths into the power-balladish "Just like Heaven" and the trendy
use of a turntable on "Claim to Fame" show a guitar band overreaching, and the
super sampled-up cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker" is simply unlistenable.
Vibrolush seem most comfortable churning out harmlessly pleasing modern rock in
the vein of Matchbox Twenty -- which may explain why they go out of their way
to shake things up.
-- Tom Kielty
(Vibrolush perform this Wednesday, September 20, at T.T. the Bear's Place.