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Album Review

Here's a rock & roll hint: if you're going to name your band Houston, it's probably a good thing for your band not to actually be from Houston. (These guys are all set on that score; they're from Minneapolis.) Here's another rock & roll hint: if you're going to have two songs on your album called "Dumb Rock 1" and "Dumb Rock 2," you'd better make it as clear as you possibly can that you're being facetious. These guys manage that quite well, except for on tracks like "It's a Shame" and the big, glorious, faux-dumb "Home for the Holidays," on which they sound like they're double-crossing themselves and aiming for dumb, but missing and hitting cool instead. Now, what really is dumb is singer Jeff Halland's unwillingness to commit to diphthongs, or even extended vowels, and thus his tendency to render words like "you" as "you-uh." But man, "Dumb Rock 1" and "Part One" are both spectacular songs, and "Intro" (which comes four tracks into the program, get it?) is one of the best rock instrumentals of the year. The press kit says that Houston is "massive, a bumble bee on growth hormone buzzing into a megaphone nestled against your eardrum." That's close enough. But I'll bet they can do even better than this.

Customer Reviews

Excellent rock music

I recently found this album on iTunes almost by accident and I am glad I did because it is just as good as they plaed live. I saw Houston about 3 1/2 years ago at a small show in Tempe, AZ. I was completely won over by their set. It lasted about an hour and I really enjoyed the sound. The song that I think stands out as a single the most would be "Part One". The whole album is great and its long so definitely worth the $9.99.

The best rock band you've never heard of.

I had the honor of not only getting to see these guys live three times but actually playing with them on one occasion. One of the most talented groups I've ever seen. Three people have never made so much sound and will probably never make music as great as these guys did. Unfortunately, this album, in my opinion, is not representative of their best work. There are some shining moments, "Home for the Holidays", "I'm a Gal", and "Dumb Rock 1" are close to what you would find on their first 2 albums. I believe thier second album "Head Like a Roadmap" is still fairly easy to find these days and a great album from start to finish, I highly recommend looking it up if you enjoyed this album. Sad to know they'll never make music again.

Pretty good

WOW, this is unexpected! Why is this not popular? Oh yea, because this took actual THOUGHT. I really do like this album though.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Houston began in Duluth, MN, where guitarist/vocalist Jeff Halland and bassist/vocalist Lane Soderberg first got their start in rock & roll bands. Eventually, the duo moved south to Minneapolis, united with drummer Ian Prince, and began working on the stripped-down indie metal grooves of Houston. Overhead, the trio's self-released debut, appeared in 1999; it was followed by two EPs and a collection of live material. The 2001 full-length Head Like a Road Map was recorded in part by Shiner's Paul Malinowski,...
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