Monday, April 20, 2009

Jersey Beat review of "Is Doin' Stuff"

Another great review of The Evening Rig Is Doin' Stuff, this one from Chris Mattern of Jersey Beat:

This really is some good pop music. I don't generally get into this sort of thing, but The Evening Rig, hailing from Minneapolis Minnesota write great songs, and play them in a manner that isn't necessarily aggressive, but isn't wimpy either, and I like it! Vocalist Jason Miller has a great warm voice, and much like all great pop song writers The Evening Rig know how to construct a memorable chorus. “The Hilltop Pines” is probably one of the best pure pop songs I have heard in ages and reminds me of The Replacements meets John Mellencamp. Jason has one of those addicting voices that make you want to hang onto every word he sings. Reminiscent of 90's power pop like Placebo and Urge Overkill, but urgent and modern enough to keep my interest, The Evening Rig's sophomore effort is a solid record with very little filler. A few of the later tracks such as “A Girl Important” take you down a folky almost country, (but not too country) road, and segue beautifully back into catchy up beat pop rock. While “Goddamn I Could Use A Drink” gives us a glimpse of a band that understands the pop beauty that can be found in simple raw blues progressions. “We Got Tonight” is the perfect closer to this surprisingly awesome pop journey. I'd suggest this record to anyone that can appreciate great song writing, simple yet impressive musicianship, and likes to tone it down and relax to some soothing yet edgy pop tunes from time to time.

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