The Vanishing Spies – Mystifying Alibis

The Vanishing Spies
Mystifying Alibis

Man, I got the short end of the stick on music this week, folks. CD covers are cheaper by a bit if you go with black and white. I think this would have been better if the inside half of the picture were on the cover in color. Why am I talking so much about cover art? Because this shit gets boring and it’s the most entertaining acknowledgments I can make. I’m just going to say one more time for the record, I HATE when singers have no emotion to their singing. I also think they sound goofy when they try to get into it and sort of whine. There are other members in these bands. Let them sing? What have you got to lose?
The singing isn’t that bad, these songs are just slow and repetitive. It gives that sort of blah trying to take off without a hitch feeling. I just picture the dad from Back to the Future back in high school trying to dance and being all awkward and nodding his head to the side. Or Dave Grohl when he makes those nerd impressions. A good example is on “The Past is Coming Back,” Come on, try a little enthusiasm guys!
When you do see enthusiasm here, it comes across as nothing you haven’t heard before. I just wonder why this album is so flat. The crash cymbal comes out like a flash of lightening in “The Elements of Static States,” it is so dull. I hate to say it, but this is exactly how I would sing if I was choking. I’m not calling anyone names, it’s just so bouncy and ditsy and over and over.
The second track was kind of rocking and catchy, but I just don’t see any promise in attracting much attention from here. There is nothing raw about it, and in this day of saturated emotional and powerful rock, this just didn’t do anything for me. It’s kind to its listener in that it doesn’t allow itself to become overwhelming or out of control. However, repetitiveness is a negative songwritting after a certain point. I didn’t hear any resemblance to The Pixies as mentioned in the one sheet, or “thundering” or any powerful drumming. The band’s press material quotes the relevance of three-minute rock songs screaming back to life, and yet in this case, they should be laid to rest.