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Jason P. from PORTAGE, IN
Reviewed on 5/3/2007...
Great post-grunge cd!
A New Hope
dminish | N. Ireland | 01/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Their sound is amazing, Mr Nuby (power-house drummer extrardonaire) combined with Bondy's sneering vocals and Anne-Marie's soft velvet-like vocals with a sound reminiscent of Nirvana mixed with the Sex Pistols and Stooges. However, the first track on the album will throw you off guard. It starts off with a gentle piano number, but this is just the calm before the storm. The second track, Into The Pink, kicks off with the sound of marching feet, combined with a thumping bass intro which is then proceeded by a seering guitar and Bondy's sneering vocals. Stand-out tracks include: Baby Got Shot, Pretty Please (my personal fave), Depression Is A Fashion and Sympathy Was Dead.Verbena are quite possibly the new hope everyone has been waiting for, are you gonna miss out?"
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 08/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Alabama blues-grunge band Verbena polishes up their sound a little in sophomore album "Into the Pink," after the rousing debut of "Souls For Sale." It's a bit lower-key, a raw-edged rock album that shatters the cookie-cutter rock mold, and isn't afraid to forge into new territory. It's stark, bleak and thoroughly breathtaking.
Verbena strays from their usual sound in the dour piano ballad "Lovely Isn't Love," a surprisingly low-key composition. Following it up is the unmemorable grunge of the title track, and the sinuously gritty sound of "Baby Got Shot." A bluesier dimension comes in with "John Beverly" and the meandering "Prick the Sun."
Don't expect a lot of softer material, though. Verbena doesn't lose track of what they are -- fuzzy, lo-fi sound rules the roost in crashing rockers like "Submissionary," the blistering blast of "Pretty Please" and "Depression is a Fashion." But the album comes back full circle to balladic melancholy in the final track.
With "produced by Dave Grohl" right under the band names, you know that there must be something special about this music -- a guy who was in Nirvana and Foo Fighters knows his stuff. It's a little more southern-bluesy and less loud than their first release, as if Verbena has refined their sound and figured out how to balance what is in their music.
Scott Bondy's stoned-sounding vocals suit the disillusioned songwriting ("Depression is a fashion/break down and use yourself"), occasionally breaking into an annoyed snarl. And he plays some pretty solid guitar riffs as well. Backing him up are the bombastic drums and grinding bass of Anne Marie Griffin (who does some angelic backup vocals) and Les Nuby. And giving the album a softer edge are the first and last songs -- pleasant piano/guitar melodies with a hint of synth.
"Into the Pink" smooths out some of the rough edges on Verbena, but they still have the raw vibrance of their debut. A fantastic rock album well worth having."