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|Grey Eye Glances|
A Little Voodoo
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
New Jersey's Grey Eye Glances began their career rooted in '70s folkie-prog of U.K. bands like Fairport Convention and Renaissance. But they were also informed by a raft of evolving alt-pop and subtle country influences th... more »
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New Jersey's Grey Eye Glances began their career rooted in '70s folkie-prog of U.K. bands like Fairport Convention and Renaissance. But they were also informed by a raft of evolving alt-pop and subtle country influences that bubbled to the surface on Painted Pictures and Eventide, drawing favorable comparisons to 10,000 Maniacs in the bargain. Voodoo finds those sensibilities blossoming (burnished by a lineup of producers that includes Jerry Marotta, Paul Bryan, and the band itself) into a full-bodied sound that ably demonstrates how thoroughly the alt consciousness has become mainstream. The occasionally precious melodic sense of previous albums gets a tougher edge on "The One" and is downright muscular on tracks like "Close You Eyes" and "Keep On." That bigger-is-better gambit has pushed vocalist Jennifer Noble (often compared to Natalie Merchant, but with a commanding sense of vocal drama here that recalls Aimee Mann as well) to good effect, encompassing the spare, haunting melancholy of "Good Folks" and "Even," the rhythmic pop of "Oh No," and even some surprisingly straightforward rock turns. It's this last sensibility--exemplified by the riff-heavy guitar assault of "He and She" and Noble's sweet and gritty way with a pop hook--that may take Grey Eye fans by surprise. Voodoo's expansive production and harder edges may be a long way from the band's coffeehouse roots, but it's a compelling argument for their restless ambition. --Jerry McCulley
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Jeff Williams | Schwenksville, PA | 06/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The band Grey Eye Glances continues to amaze me. How many musicians that started off playing gigs at local bookstores have grown enough to create such a wonderful album as this? As the big corporate labels have ruined rock music with mass-marketed pop songs aimed at sheepish teenagers, bands like Grey Eye Glances show off great talent and songwriting abilities for adults with taste and appreciation.Its with a little sadness that I first heard this album, so polished and professional, reminding me that this "local" band is poised to break out into areas besides their little east coast niche. How much longer will this little secret last? Dwayne Keith's songwriting won't stay hidden for long, Brett Kull is an amazing guitar, and if Jen Nobel is being compared to Natalie Merchant and Aimee Mann, then how much longer until she is always casually mentioned in the same breath as these two artists?"A Little Voodoo" is just a great album, building on the older albums, and bridging into other areas. The addition of Brett Kull seems to have had a great positive influence on the band, as shown in songs like "He and She", which is the first GEG song that could be considered a "rock" song. Production is great, although it took me by surprise, since the intros were a different turn for the band. The experimentation with different instruments continues, and really adds to the songs. Of course, the songwriting is still as strong, as "Good Folks" keeps the dreamier style, and "Big Red Boat" is another "feel good song of the year." Call your adult-alternative radio stations and demand they play the single "Close Your Eyes" which will hopefully open the eyes of people starving for good music."
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Robert E Smyth | Northern New Jersey | 06/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you could take only one CD with you to that desert island, this would be it. With a perfect combination of music and lyrics, you simply will not tire of listening to "A Little Voodoo". The tracks run the gamut of musical styles, but all feature the perfect voice of Jennifer Nobel, the incredible harmonies of Dwayne, Eric and Brett, and the unmistakable Grey Eye Glances sound. A real treat for GEG fans and a great introduction to the band for first-time listeners. Grey Eye Glances has never sounded better."
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Aulie | River, DE | 04/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this CD. It's not like anything else I own. The lyrics are beautiful and the music is really diverse. It's soft at times and rockin' at other times. The tunes will stay in your head long after you listen to them. The singer's voice is beautiful."