Seeing in the Dark
With their third full length release, Cedar Falls, Iowa's NineDollarMelonBaller has elevated themselves to a songcrafting and performing level positioning themselves as a future force in rock and roll. Still carrying the powerful signature essence of their earlier music that carved them into o ne of the most popular bands in the Hawkeye State and neighboring environs, a definite pop slant to the songs tempers the music slig htly but also gives it a serious lift. Just feel the brooding intensity of the lead track 'Nothing At All' and you get a go od idea right from the start of the progression of this talented act. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc Barry has really polis he'd his songwriting abilities, letting loose his passions and talents all through the thirteen tracks. The deep passion of th e acoustic 'Marco Polo' and the dramatically burgeoning fervor in 'Brother James' are great examples of Marc's talent in both a reas. His throaty powerful vocals are backed more often by delicious harmonies on this CD, wonderfully evident in the balladi c jewel 'King For A Day'. Even with the more acoustic feel to this CD, there are still some great hard-hitting rockers li ke 'Drown' and 'Dogged'. The rhythm machine is solidly anchored by the steady percussion groove of drummer Mike Linsey a nd the driving bass riffs of Brandon Mills. With several songs that have 'radio hit' written all over them and consequentia l widespread appeal, this CD could very well be the well-deserved launching pad for a hard working band from the Midwest.