Artist: Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
Label: DeVinyl Records
FCC Warning: #3
Rock is such a broad genre that has delved into really any possible kind of musical combination of drums, guitar and bass. Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band have carved out their own little niche into that “genre” of rock on this album. Trying to put a finger on what that exact “genre” is though is somewhat difficult. It lies somewhere between hard rock, and punk with just a hint of acoustic guitar influences. With heavy tracks full of biting guitar that have everything from brash solos to loud backing rhythms, to tracks that take influence from acoustic guitar ballads, singer songwriter style, the album encompasses a lot of musicianship. The track “Bubblegum” even starts out like an emo song, with the quick strumming of the guitar and whiny voice being isolated with no drums or bass to flesh out the track. Right away though, it turns back into the new type of rock that Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band have perfected on this record. The album employs such a variety of rock techniques that it sounds familiar but clearly isn’t. Maybe the one true thing that makes the record stand out is Kevin Devine’s voice. One part whiny, one part punk and one part soulful, it is a unique voice that brings together the entire ensemble of rockin’ tunes to create the album.