Music Feedback
New This WeekAround TownMusicFilmArtTheaterNews & FeaturesFood & DrinkAstrology
  HOME
NEW THIS WEEK
EDITORS' PICKS
LISTINGS
NEWS & FEATURES
MUSIC
FILM
ART
BOOKS
THEATER
DANCE
TELEVISION
FOOD & DRINK
ARCHIVES
LETTERS
PERSONALS
CLASSIFIEDS
ADULT
ASTROLOGY
PHOENIX FORUM DOWNLOAD MP3s



Remy Zero
The Golden Hum
(ELEKTRA)

Stars graphics

Itís fitting that Remy Zeroís brooding modern rocker "Save Me" has become the themesong to the WB networkís demographically and æsthetically simpático teenage-Superman series Smallville. The exposure may well have saved the LA five-piece from the cutout bin, but itís a small wonder no one discovered them sooner: The Golden Hum, their third album, is full of sweeping and accessible big-rock numbers that evoke the anthemic qualities of U2 before Bono discovered irony. You do have to excuse an uncomfortably large number of brow-furrowingly earnest laments about the human condition, but thereís enough jangle-pop hookcraft here to make up for the overplayed angst. Familiar totems are everywhere, from the ringing R.E.M.-ish guitars of "Impossibility" and the dynamic title track (which brings to mind "Creep"-era Radiohead) to the Travis-style folky Brit-pop ruminations of "Iím Not Afraid." Remy Zeroís reach occasionally exceeds their grasp, and every so often they come across as too studied in their application of familiar modern-rock devices, but itís hard to find a song here that doesnít make a strong melodic impression.

BY ALLISON STEWART

Issue Date: March 7 - 14, 2002
Back to the Music table of contents.


home | feedback | about the phoenix | find the phoenix | advertising info | privacy policy | the masthead | work for us

 © 2002 Phoenix Media Communications Group