CD Cover Cripple

Review by Alphonse Leong

45-second excerpt from "My Word" (various formats)

Sometimes I'm amazed at the lasting effect that Kurt Cobain has had on the music scene. Not to say that Demolisten Derby '97 winners Cripple are mawkishly imitative of Nirvana (to the extent of Bush, for example), but I can't believe that this disc's moody, raspy vocals and cryptic, edgy lyrics germinated entirely outside of the Seattle spectre's influence.

To the band's credit, their approach to the bass/drums/guitar dynamic results in a hearty, clear sound that is quite unlike 'grunge.' The bass is more perceptible and the guitar has a warm, resonant quality. In fact, one track, "UME," has a pop feel that I was starting to get into, until some forced rhymes at the end pulled me out. And it's really only this earnestly world-weary lyric-writing that bugs me about this otherwise not bad CD.

Artist Contact Info: Suite 308, 5568 - 201A St., Langley, B.C., Canada, V3A 8K5

First published in Drop-D Magazine on August 28, 1997

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