Title - 'Without Feathers' (Atlantic)
Artist - The Stills
The Stills' first album was a work of genius - one of those rare CDs that you can play over and over again and never tire of. Now, somehow, they've managed to make a second album that is so astoundingly bad! I've heard other people talk about this CD before I reviewed my copy and I thought these people must be fairweather fans or something. I figured their first disc was so good that even if their second wasn't half as good, it still had to be worth a few listens. WRONG! These protesters are not joking - this really is a turkey! I have an open mind. I listened to it a good 12 times over the course of two weeks, and did not find a single song that is more appealing than the sound of my car engine. And the flow of the album (such that it is) sure doesn't make up for the absense of any outstanding songs. This sounds like four people who wanted to be doing something else were locked in a room and told not to come out until they had recorded 12 songs. This is not The Stills you think you like. There is no sense of melody, no interesting guitar chords, no inspiring bass line, no catchy lyrics. Releasing this under the name "The Stills" has got to be a trademark violation or something.