Music, musings and more from the mind of Ben Averch.

Monday, November 06, 2006

'Washington State' on Alternative Rock Review

Those expecting a typical singer/songwriter record from Ben Averch will be in for a bit of a shock. Actually, this is one of those rare cases where the credit is deceiving even though it is accurate. Indeed, this is Averch's album, without a doubt. But it doesn't sound like the work of a single person. Even Nine Inch Nails, for all of Trent Reznor's aggression and industrial apocalypse explosions, it still feels like the accomplishment of one man in a studio. Not so with Averch. Songs such as "Cloud Cover" and "No Division" are exhilarating, combining cerebral AOR with melodic guitar and vocal hooks. "Through the Chain Reaction" has mesmerizing riffs, and Averch's voice is better than ever.

Lyrically, Averch is an introspective fellow. In "No Division," Averch sings, "Last night I met my future self/He was strong and sure and confident/He said 'everything we've ever done/Has brought us here to this place.'" Sometimes in life we don't see the point of anything until years later when the waves have cleared and we can read the message in the sand. And when was the last time that a rock album actually made you think?

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Reviewed by: Elizabeth Jacobsen


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