Friday, April 09, 2010

CD of the Day: ‘Grey Cell Green’ EP, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin (1991)

Released in 1991, this EP was clearly ahead of its time, which is probably why Ned’s Atomic Dustbin never caught on in the U.S. (that, and the stupid name). “Grey Cell Green” sounds like a predecessor to the emo bands that rose to the fore about a decade later. Their crisp, clear, heavily electric sound is like a mix of Hey Mercedes and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Musically, NAD is quite exciting here, especially the tidal wave of sound that is “Titch”; for only 16 minutes' worth of songs, each of the five tracks carry their own identity and have significant variety from one to another. What holds them back is vocalist Jonn Penney, whose voice isn’t all that dynamic and seems to land on basically one note the whole way through.

Grade: B

Favorite Track: “Titch”

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