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Vue: Down For WhateverDown For Whatever (2003)
Sony Music Entertainment
Reviewer Rating: 2.5
Contributed by: JiveSideJiveSide
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Personality counts for a great deal in pop music, always has, always will. It's not the originality or musicality of a band that will make them important, and it certainly isn't always the songwriting that will make them hip and cutting edge. But what does make pop music credible and important is .
Personality counts for a great deal in pop music, always has, always will. It's not the originality or musicality of a band that will make them important, and it certainly isn't always the songwriting that will make them hip and cutting edge. But what does make pop music credible and important is the personality of the music, for it is the personality that is able to empower rock and roll and make it more than mere entertainment. Vue is a very attractive band of California musicians that plays attractive music which, unfortunately, only runs scene deep. On their RCA debut, "Down for Whatever," no nail was broken, no sweat was shed, and certainly no risks were taken when Rex Shelverton (vocals/guitar), Jonah Buffa (guitar/harmonica), Jeremy Bringetto (bass), Jessica Ann Graves (keyboard), and Rafael Orlin (drums) got together to write and record this album. This is as middle-of-the-road a band can get even though the elements are almost all present in this band. Vue are talented enough musicians who play their songs very well together with some very promising instrumental moments, but the big picture is too bland to care about the few great details here and there. "Down for Whatever," on the whole, comes across as a record that was put together with demographics and sales curves in mind. No song stretches outside of the comfortable pop formula and the lyrics never attempt to say anything other than many variations of the completely impotent word "thing". No opinions are expressed, no tempos are pressed, and not one musician in this band stands out among the overcrowded world of pop music. The thirteen songs on this album feel like a forty minute conversation with five people who have nothing of interest to say.
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