Famous Last Words
6/4/2004 - Review by: Frank Hill
Madison Paige - Famous Last Words - indy - 2004 Reviewed by: Nailer
The guitar work from Damon Valley is straight from the late 80's and essentially supportive of the vocal-driven songs, but "Bind" has some nice trill leads that give the guitars a bit of the spotlight and "Any Day Now" is at a randy pace that lets him show off a little quickness. "Fear and Storm" is a bit more experimental than the others and it didn't fit in for me. After 13 songs I did start to get a little weary of the sugary stuff. The 10 best songs would've been plenty.
If we were to see a market return to 1987's rock ballads, which the new millennium generation mainly missed, then I do think this band could have a some hits. Two things need to happen in the mean time--production and image. "Famous Last Words" is held back by the production which understandably was made on a small budget. A good producer could really get the sound up. Rarely do I comment on a band's look, but the mall stuff needs to be turned into something more consistent and rock worthy.
Bottom Line: Catchy, pretty-boy rock from the West coast with hit potential.
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