STRUNG OUT: Songs of Armor and Devotion: CD

Sep 26, 2019

In the early- to mid-’90s, I was really into what was happening on Fat. That said, Strung Out was one band I could never really get into much. They played the style well, but I always found myself reaching for Lagwagon or Good Riddance instead. Fast forward a quarter century. My tastes have definitely steered in different directions, but I do hold a place in my heart for those bands in that era. What’s Strung Out up to in 2019? Long, mid-tempo songs with what sounds like a million guitar overdubs. There are a few that pick up the pace with that trademark “Fat gallop” drumbeat, but even then, I am having a hard time staying interested. It isn’t that it is bad, by any means. It isn’t. The problem for me is that I really need to pull some kind of emotional response from music, either good or bad, and this is just not doing it for me. I wouldn’t be mad if this came on the stereo, but I can’t think of any reason I would go out of my way to put it on. –Ty Stranglehold (Fat)