Recover: Ceci N'est Pas Recover
By
Mike Hess
11/12/2002 11:00:37 PM

"Albums need to start out with something so strong that it melts the listeners earwax, but this track couldn’t melt an M&M during summertime in Hell."

Recover is really quite good at sounding average. No tracks off of their EP Ceci N’est Pas Recover [Fiddler Records] seem to jump out of the speakers, and there aren’t any song structures, vocal patterns or guitar work to brag about. They’re kinda like that new pizza joint that just opened up right by your house; they offer the exact same product as all the other places that you already know about. One would think that with a title paying homage to the brilliant surrealist/painter Rene Magritte that there would be some sort of underlying artsy vibe or originality to their tunes. Sorry, folks.

One thing that hurts the EP right off the bat is the track placement. “Bad Timing” (heh…how ironic of a title is that?!?) opens the album with a dragging dirge by rock standards. Albums need to start out with something so strong that it melts the listeners earwax, but this track couldn’t melt an M&M in hell. “Bad Timing” indeed.

The shining moment of the album, “Sleeper” (man, these titles are a bit self-fulfilling, don’t ya think?), sounds like a Jane’s Addiction b-side, as the nasal-yet-gritty vocals swell over semi-loud rhythm guitars.

In the press release for this album, there’s a bit of a disclaimer for the band, saying how since Recover hates the record industry, they “wanted this record to be a representation of what Recover is not.” Ummm, try being yourselves the next time. This didn’t work, guys.

 

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