Medusa - 'Can't Fucking Win' (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ross Welford   
Monday, 30 January 2012 05:15

medusa'Can't Fucking Win' may be the title of Medusa's second album but it may also be the title of this review: this London band are full of ideas and creativity but ultimately, after listening to these 12 tracks, they simply have too much going on to win many over. They'll probably take that as a compliment because you get the impression that they really don't give a fuck what we think?
 
'Venomous' is a boisterous opener with Smashing Pumpkins style vocals and enough rock to open up your eyes and ears before they launch into a guitar opening for second track 'She's Venusion', which turns into a grunge dirge of Nirvana influence that a slurred, intoxicated Kurt would be happy with. With these two openers you get the impression that Medusa are '90s rock obsessed - Nirvana, Therapy?, Placebo and the Pumpkins are all obvious to the ear and always with an undercurrent of Eddie Van Halen guitar work - and that they may just have enough to step out and be recognised, but their enthusiasm to be different soon comes to a head and undermines all their good work.
 
Songs such as 'Donna Marie' and 'Sugarlips' just leave you cold and bored ('Sugarlips' sounding like a bad Hole B-side). On 'Luck' they simply turn into EARLY Depeche Mode - what that's all about is beyond me. I understand that they can try different styles of music and I understand that bands can be one trick ponies at times but it's so far out of earshot of the rest of the fractured album that it's still a shock.
 
'You Can Take Anything (But You Can't Take My Rum)', for example, is different. It sounds like The Clash having a drink with Tyla and is another style that is a change from their Alt Rock sound and it just about works. The final track, 'Tragic Streak', is an acoustic rant that is the final straw that breaks the camel's back from 60/40 to 80/20 and that's a shame because Julian Molinero and band CAN play and CAN write a good '90s style rock song, it's just a shame that they think they can do so much else at the same time.
 
I hate reviews like this because, after the first couple of tracks, I wanted them to be good - the basis for a good band and good product is there but they are their own undoing on half these tracks. Their insistance on flaunting their influences and changing the tone of the album every second track just makes for a disjointed listen.
 
Keep it simple, do what you know and do it well is a phrase that could serve them well.
 
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