WILLOWZ, THE: Chautaqua: CD

I like the Willowz. They defy categorization, drawing on a wide palette of influences, from metal to country/ folk and from post-punk to grunge. Richie Follin’s vocals do tend a bit toward whining, but he’s always expressive and never boring. And the addition of a new drummer and guitar player seems to have toughened up their sound compared to previous releases. And the songwriting is much stronger, as well, particularly the outstanding, almost Dylanesque “Nobody.” An early contender for record of the year.

 –brian (Dim Mak)