INVENTING EDWARD: We’ve Met An Impasse (By Midnight We’ll Be Naked): CD

I’ve been struggling with this album for several months now. It sounds like college rock from the 1980s and 1990s updated for a new decade which has no use for it, blending emo, art rock, perhaps a touch of prog…you get the drift. There’s a fair degree of impressive musicianship here (particularly the drumming and the soaring vocals), but these noodly guitars drive me batshit. It’s almost all notes – played slowly. As such, this is pretty much incapable of rocking by any definition, no matter how loose, of that word. Despite listening to this thing at least a dozen times, I still have absolutely no reaction to it. However my gut feeling is that most readers of this magazine (and by most I mean all but one or two) will have no use for it at all. 

 –scott (Substandard)