Allusions of Lynch "Bloom Again" review by Stereokiller

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3. Sep. 2011, 7:36

Allusions of Lynch - Bloom Again

Maryland Matt (30 reviews)
Posted: 09/01/2011 Comments: 3
Staff Rating: (3.00/5)
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As I get older, I find myself gravitating toward more minimalistic styles of music. The most recent of these sonic leanings is the burgeoning neo-folk movement. Bands/artists like The Tallest Man On Earth and Mumford & Sons are making their mark with nothing more than a few stringed instruments, their voices and an unbridled passion that so few are able to conjure these days. Although I wouldn’t consider Allusions of Lynch’s (Alex Lynch) solo acoustic release ‘Bloom Again’ to be “folk” by any stretch of the imagination, it is a much stripped down acoustic rock record and that aligns itself with my more recent musical whims. Drawing obvious influences from 90’s alt-rock groups like Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam; this record strongest suit is its “post-grunge” core. Neatly packed around this nucleus you will find several more pop-driven songs, as well as some very brooding and seemingly introspective tracks. For being a fairly compact 10-track release, this record shifts through the mood spectrum rather often. My only concern with this is that it is sometimes a very clumsy transition. I feel that it may actually be more attributed to the actual track arrangement of the record and less to do with the songs themselves. Regardless, Allusions of Lynch is an act that wears its influences on its sleeve and makes no apologies for it.

Alex Lynch is the artist behind this record. His guitar playing is very effortless and lacks any unnecessary flashiness that may overcomplicate a release of this style. Whether it be straight strumming or melodic picking, every track is very deliberate in its approach and there no real surprises. This aspect of ‘Bloom Again’ is done fairly well and although it is far from a mind-blowing performance, it is perfectly adequate for this style.

Vocally is where this record both shines and falls flat. Lynch seems to have modeled most of style after the singers of the early 90’s grunge movement. All while remaining fairly soft spoken, he most often employs a style not all that dissimilar to Layne Staley of Alice in Chains or even Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. The problem is that he at times seems to try to reach beyond his current vocal range and either loses power in his voice or flat out misses his mark. This is unfortunate, because when he is in his zone… his voice really shines. As mentioned previously, there are also some songs that have a more sugary sweet pop feel (a la Dashboard Confessional). He very competently pulls this style off, but I feel that these are the weakest tracks on the record and tend to feel very canned or even “cookie cutter”.

The bottom line is that if you are going to make a record of songs that consist of only you and your guitar… it is imperative that you remain focused and above all else, passionate. Any deviation from this sentiment will likely result in certain disaster for your sound. Although I do not doubt Alex Lynch’s passion, it is sometimes lost on this record. One moment I may really feel the emotions he must have felt when he put pen to paper and started crafting the song, but the next track may feel completely devoid of inspiration. This fact is unfortunately weighing this record down, but I truly do think that Lynch has a very bright future ahead of him if goes back to the lab and further refines his sound to focus on his strongest suits.

If you read this Alex... just keep at it and I hope to hear what you do next.

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Genre: Rock - Acoustic
Label: self released
Official Site: Click For Link
Similar Bands: Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam... if they were solo acoustic acts

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