Generous Maria - Command of the new rock
This is the debut full-length album from
Gothenburg`s five-piece Generous Maria. They are around since 1998 and already
released a split e.p. with Skua on Alone records.
Well, you think this is not so unusual, but the obvious interesting point is
that with Dan Johansson they have the former Mary Beats Jane guitarist in their
rows. Well, as I said, this is obviously interesting, but Generous Maria is much
more than that, in a way, famous band member. It`s not, what you might have
expected after knowing this, that guitars are dominating. Generous Maria is in
all cases an outstanding, tight bitch of a rock band! Rather 70`s influenced
some times, just listen to the leading guitar riff of "All units are
out", it seems that Mr. Iommi himself created this in his best decade. But
Generous Maria are not a simple copy-cat, one just can hear their influences.
And when I listen to "Anchorage & Quito" why must I always think
of a special zeppelin? Well, it`s just this mood they try to create throughout
the whole recording, more the rocking and to the point songs of this special
decade, and what shall I say, most of the time they succeed! "Soulflight"
goes more to the psychedelic direction, but still is to the point. And this is
the big plus of Generous Maria that makes the difference to most of the other
70`s influenced rock bands. Their songs have a clear structure and don`t drift
into heights you can`t follow with a clear mind. Most of the songs are far above
the average, but just some highlights: "A bed at the edge of the universe",
"All good things", "All units are out", or "Bridge out
Well, no bad words left so far, so why no ten points for their songs? Hm, as I
mentioned in an other band`s review, I don`t like instrumentals, and "Ashram
of the absolute" is really not my taste!
But all in all this release is definitely worth to be checked out, and once you
listen to the first tunes of "Big shiny limo" you are in danger to get
addicted to that bitch. So go and take her!
Info: 10 tracks, 45.20 minutes