Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Music Review: Baby Scream: Self-Titled CD

The self-titled CD by Argentine rockers Baby Scream takes clean power pop and classic rock, then adapts a John Lennon vocal style and binds them together with top-notch production. This CD is Baby Scream’s ninth album since 2002. (The band has existed in one form or another since 2001.) Baby Scream is one band that will certainly never run short on inspiration.

Baby Scream is the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Juan Pablo Mazzola. His brand of Beatles met Cheap Trick pop traverses genres for a sound that defies typecasting. On Jekyll & Hyde, Mazzola channels Strawberry Fields Forever, with just the slightest hint of prog/space rock added in to complete the trippy vibe. The lilting The Ghosts of Valerie (with guest guitarist Eric Dover from Alice Cooper’s band) sounds like a 1980s “skinny tie” band hit filtered through a 1960s one-hit soft psychedelic sound – think of the Peppermint Rainbow’s Are You Staying After Sunday?

Nipone, the lullaby that ends the album, has a Japanese-influenced sound that becomes as haunting as it is gorgeous as the song progresses.  Exile has a Revolver feel with especially dreamy vocals.  

Watching the End of the World (On TV) shares a kinship with Bowie's Five Years ,but after a mellow start, the song revs up to high gear, chugging along like a finely-tuned machine. Along with vocalist/guitarist Mazzola, the band consists of lead guitarist HernĂ¡n Pascual, bass player Raul Marcos, and drummer Claudio Salas. 

Baby Scream has a trippy psychedelic vibe -- call it acoustic psych/power pop, if you really need to label it. The acoustic guitar sound on this CD has a ballsy passion you won’t find in any music with the partial description “folk” The ten songs on Baby Scream have a timeless sound that could fit in with rock music playlists from the ‘60s, ‘70s or early ‘80s.

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