Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
SUPER First Effort
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen Superkreme perform several times before listening to this CD. Superkreme is a wall of ever moving guitar sound. But unlike Magnapop and Superdrag, which are the bands that I see most similar to Superkreme, Superkreme does have more memorable melodies. Superkreme probably is not for someone who is strictly into certain rock-based genres, as that person might be offended by a perceived attempt to imitate. But it does have a lot to offer for someone listening just for fun, maybe to get away from the "thinking" type music you usually listen to. You think it's going to be serious with a name like Superkreme? The additional instruments, overdubbed female vocals and other bells and whistles were not overdone, something I see on too many albums. This helped the otherwise dragging "Letter Goes Nowhere". The songs are strictly divided into 2 groups, the ones written and sung by vocalist/guitarist Susan Rasch, who has a folk-rock, R and B style and the ones written and sung by vocalist/guitarist Matt Sobol, who has a folk-rock, country style. In each case the other usually does background vocals. There are no duets or songwriting collaborations. The division is because each was frontperson/chief songwriter of their own band in the early-mid 90s. At least 4 songs on this CD originated in these bands, but none have been recorded in as great a format as on this album. The other 2 members, the rhythm section, though they do well, are mostly in the background. Matt's songs are usually about trying to solve problems by thinking things out. His are usually a bit quieter and his use of rhymes in unexpected places is really effective, like in "Swerve". "Invisible" is his one song that's more upbeat. Susan, my favorite, has a greater range of emotions. It's interesting that even her contemplative "Niagara" still has a hard driving guitar part. I like "Hang Nail" because it's like Pat Benatar's "Invincible". Neither's songs are really sexist, something I consider a problem in today's music. If you think Dream Girl focuses too much on apparel, notice it also focuses on the female initiating the relationship. "Dream Girl" is by far my favorite song of the CD. Most everything about "Dream Girl" is great. (If it were up to me it would get a drum solo). "I'll be Around" is my favorite song by Matt. I am looking forward to their next CD."