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CD REVIEW: Player/Kommander - on the eve of absolute get down
By Don Sechelski - 07/27/2009 - 09:57 PM EDT

Artist: Band: Player/Kommander
Album: on the eve of absolute get down
Label: Mighty Loud
Genre: Indie alternative pop/rock
Technical Grade: 8.5/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Best Songs: White-Out of the Mind, You've Had Your Fun, All Night Wednesday
CD Review:

It seems that every month, in amongst the pile of CDís in my mailbox, there is one that stands above the rest. This month itís Player/Kommanderís debut CD, On The Eve Of Absolute Get Down. This guitar driven indie rock offering is strong on infectious grooves with a hard rock sensibility and a touch of pop experimentation.

Player/Kommander consists of guitarists, John Fuller and Jim Troglen, with Roman Glick on bass and Robbie Stephens on drums.  James Hall provides vocals and the bandís persona. Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins, Matchbox 20) lends his considerable production skills.

Billed as a concept album in four phases, the CD is about one night in the life of ďa protagonist with a 'serious social anxiety disorder' and various chemical dependencies.Ē But the songs stand well enough individually that the listener doesnít need to be aware of the concept to enjoy this music.  The first cut, Be This Way, sets the tone with a funky rhythm guitar riff before the band comes in rocking hard.  ďIf this thing blows, youíre walkiní back,Ē sings Hall but these guys arenít blowing it and they arenít walking.

Favorite cuts are too numerous to mention but White-Out of the Mind with its hooky chorus and tasty guitar solo is a stand out. Hall has a Jagger/Dylan quality to his voice as he sings, ďI see you powdering your nose Ďcause you're blind, baby, blind.Ē All Night Wednesday is a change of pace piano ballad with smooth background harmonies. But they donít slow down for long.  Lay Back Down and Easy When Itís On are both strong rock tunes.

Player/Kommander is a Birmingham based band but recorded here in Atlanta. Maybe Iíll get a chance to catch a live act. Until then Iíll have to content myself with On The Eve Of Absolute Get Down. This is a good album, check it out.

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