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Album Review

Veteran Australian rock act Grinspoon change things up a bit on their fifth album, downshifting into a mainstream hard rock sound from the more idiosyncratic stoner metal of their earlier days. A cowbell-driven riff-rocker like "Choirboy" — complete with the cringe-inducing chorus "I was a first-stall choirboy/Now here I am a rock and roll destroyer" — is so painfully naff that the listener has to hope that it's a jokey put-on along the lines of the Darkness, but there's little evidence of intentional levity on Alibis & Other Lies, which leads one to suspect that this sudden interest in '70s FM rock and '80s hair metal is entirely serious. That wouldn't be so bad if Grinspoon were doing top-shelf work in the style, but these 12 songs are laden with lyrical and musical clichés. Witness the semi-orchestral power ballad "Minute by Minute," which screams out for a video featuring black-and-white shots of the bandmembers — in cowboy hats — looking wistfully out the windows of a tour van and striding in slow motion through the bowels of a hockey arena. Even the album cover looks like it was rescued from the art department's reject files circa 1989. Whether this is a single-album aberration or Grinspoon have decided that the time is right to kickstart The Great Bon Jovi Revival of 2008, Alibis & Other Lies is a peculiar side trip for a band who used to have more in common with the musical likes of Rage Against the Machine.

Customer Reviews

Not sure

Grinspoon is sounding like there trying to get radio play and keep there rock style on this cd.Black Tattoo is a good track what I would expect from Grinspoon.The rest leaves you lost in what there trying to sound like.I like the cd but it one that I will not listen to couple of years from now.I do like some of there slower songs on this cd like Find Your Own Way.There new cd 8 seconds to Midnight is great been wating for a cd like that from Grinspoon.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Australian punk/grunge/funk band Grinspoon hail from the North Coast of the State of New South Wales, an area noted for attracting an alternate lifestyle community to its rural seaside setting. Guitarist Pat Davern and bassist Joe Hansen met vocalist Phil Jamieson and drummer Kris Hopes in 1995 on jam night at the main hotel in Lismore, the major town in the area. They decided to form a band specifically to enter a national competition looking to unearth new music. The contest was the first of its...
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