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Glean

Echobrain

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Album Review

Jason Newsted isn't EchoBrain's bass player anymore, and that's probably a good thing. While notices for the band's 2002 debut were generally strong, the famously angry-faced rock vet's involvement tended to hog the spotlight, overshadowing what was some solid songwriting from youngsters Dylan Donkin (vocals/guitar) and Brian Sagrafena (drums). For Glean, Newsted has exited, replaced by Dylan's brother Adam Donkin. Guitarist/keyboardist Adam Garcia has joined up, too, and together the quartet spins a sunny, slightly psychedelic, post-grunge web. Sometimes, like during the brief, acoustic-based shuffle of "Knock 'Em Out," EchoBrain sounds like Soundgarden covering Donovan. Part of that is due to Donkin's vocals. He has the throaty bellow down pat; however, he brings a soulful mellowing to the proceedings, ensuring that harder-edged material like "Jellyneck," "Your Sold," and "Hardheaded Woman" (there's that Donovan phrasing again) don't become exercises in whose biceps are bigger. So it's true the band can rock, but Glean is much more comfortable in the hazy sunshine. "Heroic Dose" follows meandering lines of watery slide guitar over magical mystery synthesizers and stoned percussion. "I think I touched the source today," Donkin slurs, and as clichéd as the lyric is, you believe him. "Seven Seconds" drops chattering child samples into an airy post-Alice in Chains meditation, and standout "Beat as We Go" returns to warm positivity. "It shines like love as we burn," EchoBrain sings over fuzzy Love guitar, and vintage San Francisco scents fill the air like incense. Other highlights include the distorted thump of "Out of Reach" and "Modern Science"'s lilting acoustic breeze. Ghosts of varying reference certainly inhabit Glean, but they're like pleasantly aimless granola kids who stay on for the summer — you can't stay mad at their presence because they smile and make great hummus.

Customer Reviews

Glean

To all those that are still fans of Echobrain will like Glean!!!!!
Sucker Punch is good and some other songs are alright but they should start making a new album but kicking Jason out of Echobrain makes me mad for having another bass player So if you love Echobrain then listen to Glean

bad just....

bad

Great album!!!

Echobrain is different from any other band I've heard and I do still enjoy it!!!

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The origin of EchoBrain began at a Super Bowl party in 1995, when Metallica bassist Jason Newsted invited a handful of neighbors to his house to watch the game and jam in his home studio, known as "The Chophouse." The veteran musician was impressed with a local 16-year-old jazz/funk drummer named Brian Sagrafena and the two spent the rest of the evening working through their favorite Tower of Power tunes, eventually missing the end of the football game. Sagrafena, the son of a drummer who spent a...
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