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CD Review: Montrose - Inertia
By Kathy Brackley - 08/03/2004 - 01:49 AM EDT

Artist: Montrose
Album: Inertia
CD Review: Artist: Montrose
Release Title: Inertia
Label: Candlehouse Records
Rating: 4.0/6.0

It's easy to see why Montrose has been compared to Seal and Lenny Kravitz. He's hip, his lyrics are catchy and reflective... and he's got the cool quotient wrapped up.

The Dallas based Montrose, recently released his sophomore album, Inertia which has an overall laid back vibe to it. The new release consists of eleven tracks ranging from the rocked out funk track "Eureka" to the R & B groove-rock ballad "Never Be Mine" to the cover of Terrence Trent D'Arby's "Surrender". Inertia has something for everyone. Inertia has something for everyone.

I would have loved to hear Montrose really let loose vocally, he has a great tone to his voice but for me this release is missing the 'venom' vocally; the angst, the conviction behind the words. You can hear it on the track "Never Be Mine", it's almost a tease of what I suspect Montrose is fully capable of.

Don't misunderstand me, when you come across an artist that clearly has the whole package, you can't help but want more. That doesn't take away from the fact that the vocals are strong as is the songwriting and musicianship. Montrose has a lot of talent; I have no doubt we'll be hearing more on him in the future and that is something to look forward to.

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