Words Never Said Again
was hard to pin the down the references that make this Omaha rock
trio tick. Is it Morrissey? No, not acerbic enough. Okay, how 'bout
R.E.M.? Not nearly as refined.
Maybe it's because I'm
inundated with indie music, but I completely overlooked the obvious.
Killian Ryan isn't trying to be indie -- that's not their bag. For
references, look no further than classic lite rock. America? Perhaps
Poco? Getting closer, but there's no twang to their tunes. All right,
how 'bout Alan Parsons Project? Bingo.
to mind mostly due to Kevin Ryan's vocals and how they're recorded
-- with that over-produced, dreamy sheen to them. Strangely, there's
almost no bottom to these tracks. The drums sound tinny, the bass
is almost completely unrecognizable, blurring one song into the
next. Those are
real problems when you're stock and trade is easily-accessible FM
What redeems this effort
is that these guys know how to write a hook and drill it into your
subconscious. But while each song is slightly different, by the
time you get to track six, you'll think you've heard the same song
three or four times.
The exceptions: "It
Can't Be Me," is heavier and less dreamy -- a good thing. And
"Hey," clearly the best track here, thanks to different
rhythms, pace, dead-steady bass, and a cool guitar counter-melody.
It's naturally stark, more intimate, more personal. It also is the
most radio-accessible of the bunch. These two songs, along with
the opening track, should have been released as an EP. They sum
up where Killian Ryan is now and why this is a band to keep an eye
on in the future.
Posted April 19, 2003.
Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
each song is slightly different, by the time you get to track
six, you'll think you've heard the same song three or four times."