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Throw Rag: Desert ShoresDesert Shores (2003)
Reviewer Rating: 2.5
Contributed by: jonathanJonathan
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I was ready to write this band off as another imitator, another same-old, same-old, been there, done that before album. In some ways, Throw Rag is that type of band, and Desert Shores is that type of album. And in some ways, these self-described "sailor-rock" boys from the Salton Sea push it a bit.
I was ready to write this band off as another imitator, another same-old, same-old, been there, done that before album. In some ways, Throw Rag is that type of band, and Desert Shores is that type of album. And in some ways, these self-described "sailor-rock" boys from the Salton Sea push it a bit and offer something new. Sadly, it's not enough pushing; it's not enough new.
After more unique sonic keyboard intro, "Space Hump Me," the album's opener, lapses into a very tried-and-true late 70s, early 80s old school punk sound. A few chords, a driving beat, chanting, choppy vocals. Nothing you haven't heard before, but it's a cool track.
On, "Hang Up," the second track, you'll start to hear the washboard and cow bell-Throw Rag's much ballyhooed innovation. To me, it's mostly novelty-this band throws some folkish influence, but remains mostly rooted in this simplistic punk style.
There's some energetic offerings-but "Rule Maker" and "Mission's Message" are really the only two I found worth mentioning. To me, Throw Rag just seems kind of bland. There's a broad sound present here from cowbells and mid-tempo roots-folk to an early punk sound-but really nothing catchy, no real standout track. It kind of all blends together, making the album kind of forgettable.
Apparently Throw Rag is notorious for a great live show (how often is this an excuse for a half-ass album?), but here, on their sophomore effort, Desert Shores, I really didn't find anything to write home about. There's definitely some talent-it shines through at times-but I wish Throw Rag had exploited their taste for diverse musicality to make something that didn't sound so utterly familiar.
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