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Stick To Snowboarding

  • May 27, 2009
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Trevor Andrew, AKA Trouble Andrew, may well be a brilliant and inspired snowboarder - I wouldn't know, as I don't follow snowboarding. I do however know a bit about making records, so I can say with a fair amount of assurance that, at least based on this album, those talents do not extend to making music.

Sure there's an eclectic mix of styles on this album, but rather than add interest, all it does is demonstrate that Trouble Andrew is a master of none of them. According to the product description, he made (or wrote, or something) much of this music while recovering from a snowboarding accident, conveniently surrounded by musical equipment. And, well, that's exactly how I'd describe this disc: it SOUNDS like it was made by a snowboarder that was given access to a whole bunch of neat electronic gear and tripped out to the cool sounds for a few months.

A perfect example of why technology can't do it alone (Henry Rollins goes on about this fact quite eloquently in his duet with William Shatner on the album "Has Been" - which is great by the way), I suspect this record would never have seen the light of day had Trouble Andrew not been who he is (and were his fiance not been Santogold). While there are a few moments of interesting music (a very few) the vast majority of the album is just tremendously boring, and the good bits feel like nothing so much as happy accidents. And even if you could get past the poor writing, the lack of originality and creativity, and the stupid-as-a-box-of-hammers lyrics in some of these songs, you'd still be left with Trouble Andrew's voice, which has no business being featured on a record.

Am I being too hard on Trouble Andrew? Maybe, maybe not. But ever since Garage Band was released, there are an awful lot of people who push a few buttons and figure they're brilliant musicians/dj's/remixers/what-have-you. I may just be a grumpy old engineer, but I have absolutely no use for that. Plus, as I'm writing this I happen to be listening to Shadow Dancer's debut CD Golden Traxe, which, like it or not, is a great example of using technology to do something interesting besides make up for a lack of musical chops.

By all means, check out Golden Traxe, but avoid this at all costs. Even no cost.

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