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Two Gallants The Bloom and the Blight

Last Updated 10/30/2012 10:32:44 AM

By: Jeremy Wood

Two Gallants The Bloom and the Blight (ATO)Two Gallants

The Bloom and the Blight

In the world of aviation there are several different types of aircrafts. No matter how small or large, however, if conditions aren’t just right, they can’t lift off the tarmac. This CD flows in that same stream of thought: despite the variety of music, it never seems to really take off.

The Bloom and the Blight delivers a one-dimensional snapshot of Two Gallants’ talent.  Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel can certainly play music; they managed to spit out 10 songs for this, their fourth album. Unfortunately, just because a toddler can eat paste doesn’t mean that he should.  The variety is there, the lyrics are there and, hell, even the music they create has its good points. But there is no depth to their creation: this is the musical equivalent of Frankenstein’s monster. It’s good to listen to, but lacks the passion and depth that builds credibility in musical arenas.

They dabble in different genres, moving from indie rock to blues-rock to folk-rock, but there is a reliance on their instruments as a crutch of their talents, stifling their vehicle from reaching its potential heights. It feels as if this is a CD that was released because of an absence from the industry versus the need to satisfy a soul-driven need to create music. There is no marriage between the tunes, the voices or the lyrics; we are hearing creation without innovation. This is unfortunate because, despite their wide range of selection and ability, the band never digs into the soil of composition and simply manages to stay safely on its surface. It is easy to hear they have the “how,” but the unspoken “why” of performing that comes through the music from established artists is missing from their songs.

The Bloom and the Blight could use a little more bloom and a lot less blight.

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