Title: The Furious Sound
Catalogue Number: Armellodie ARM32
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2012
I like a good concept album and, who knows, you might too. Certainly, the press release for this album goes to great length about the inspiration behind “The Furious Sound” by The Douglas Firs. Apparently, it is all driven by the torture and execution of some seventy women as witches way back in 1590. However, you as a potential purchaser will never guess that from the sleeve that says absolutely nothing about the context for all this and even the name of the band finds itself relegated to the rear of the sleeve.
None of this, of course, would mean a thing if there were anything of significance to be found in the album. Anything of musical worth, for example, would have been nice. That is, perhaps, a touch harsh as the occasional song - “Backroads” stands out as the band’s star turn - does escape the dirge of melody free lo-fi mediocrity that seems the staple diet of these no doubt moody and socially conscious underperformers.
If you make it all the way through this album, you may well wonder if the very verisimilitude of the songs thereupon is, in fact, the greater significance that The Douglas Firs tasked themselves with achieving but, let’s be honest, you’ll probably just wander off in search of something more interesting to do. Like getting another latté.
November 20, 2012
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