Eric Colville's latest release, "X-Ray Glasses," stands out for all that happened before it was even released. In 2007, a demo of "Doer's Lament" received first prize in the USA Songwriting Contest, and "1000 Miles" and "12-Step Program" were also finalists in that competition. Both "DMMLY" (pronounced d'mim-uh-lee) and "Doer's Lament" were selected for the 2008 season of Roadtrip Nation on PBS. And "Remember to Forget" was featured on ABC's All My Children, and was named Broadjam Song of the Month in May 2007. Colville's "X-ray Glasses" is full of rich contrasts. His vocals are Pete Yorn-like, but at times he sounds like a mellow Eddie Vedder. His style mostly hugs the curb of your classic, straight ahead rock in this album, though "Remember to Forget" is a lovely ballad about never getting over someone despite handling it fine, and "12-Step Program" is a rockabilly-inspired dance tune that makes dysfunctional attraction sound like fun. "Doer's Lament" has a driving beat that draws on Gary Glitter ("Rock-n-Roll - Part 2"), and big vocal harmony choruses that invoke Queen. "Picture Us Together" is a power ballad you could imagine being performed by Bon Jovi. The rocking "1000 Miles" is a celebration of the possibility of transcending oneself by gaining a new perspective. "DMMLY," a song about the ambivalence of post-breakup sexual encounters, is more melancholy, but it still rocks. Colville's capacity for layered meaning is especially evident in the album's grooving title track. It's ostensibly about the pervy merchandise offered in the comic books of yesteryear, but the idea works on a metaphorical plane, too. Colville's intriguing duality is also found in the remaining track," Man I Am," a song about yearning to yield to temptation that employs live-loop drumming and weird synth pads. All said, the CD has eight great songs - with no filler - which makes for a really pleasurable listening experience. At the present time, Eric Colville is rehearsing the band in preparation for a regional tour in the summer and fall, and working on arrangements and pre-production for his next album.
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