Criminally underrated guitarist Paul B. Cutler ROCKS This Al
Dean Orff | 02/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 20 years of being a radio DJ (both commercial and non-commercial radio), Every Time I have played the song "Dancing Blind" off this album, someone has called me on the listener line and asked "who's that guitarist?" Paul B. Cutler (formerly of 45 Grave, an early '80s punk-metal band) debuted as the new Dream Syndicate guitarist on this album but his style was never hip enough to be appreciated by the alternative crowd. Cutler was more influenced by Eric Clapton than the Lou Reed-style noise-making of the band's previous guitarist. This apparently turned off the Dream Syndicate's original fans but it could have won them a bunch of new fans if the music industry had only bothered to give this album some hype. Along with "Dancing Blind", "Slide Away" sounds like a lost Rolling Stones classic, "Boston" is great singer-songwriter style rock, "Drinking Problem" is about an alcoholic actor on the David Letterman show, and the rest of the songs are solid though probably less immediately memorable. '80s rock radio wanted all '80s guitar bands to sound like either Def Leppard or Stevie Ray Vaughan - anyone who sounded different got pigeon-holed as one of those 'inferior' punk-rockers. This sort of anti-spirit-of-rock narrow-mindedness killed the careers of many talented '80s bands. The Dream Syndicate were one of the major victims."
Out From The Shadows Of The Velvet Underground
Eric R. Last | San Bruno, CA United States | 11/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It seems the cult of the Dream Syndicate prefers the earlier albums. I'm guessing this group is largely made up of people who saw them perform in L.A. in their early 80s heyday. Me, I only caught them live once, in San Francisco, so my opinion is based on the studio work rather than live, and my favorite Dream Syndicate album is "Out Of The Grey". By this time they had undergone some personnel changes, with a new lead guitarist with a much clearer, crisper sound than his predecessor. They no longer sound like they are imitating the Velvet Underground. The songs are the strongest of their career. Since I'm the first Amazon reviewer of this album, I must assume that this one slipped by without a lot of notice when it came out, but it is an excellent album."
Real Music-Not Rap | Washington USA | 04/30/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this one to replace my earlier disc on the Bigtime label, because the sound quality on that one is terrible. Well, this was a waste of money because to call this new one "remastered" is tantamount to FRAUD. Whoever remastered this version must have been some kind of amateur as there is very little distinction between the two versions, not to mention, the engineer could have boosted the volume quite a bit. If you have the earlier CD don't bother with this one, unless you really want the bonus tracks.
Oh, and by the way, the songs themselves are great!"