UNWIND

DARRYL STERDAN

, Last Updated: 4:09 PM ET


UNWIND
Oleander
(Republic/Universal)

There's no good reason in the world to like Oleander's third album Unwind. This Sacramento outfit shamelessly bandwagon-jumps practically every guitar-rock trend of the past decade on this disc: Cheap Trickish '70s pop-rock (Jimmy Shaker Day borrows He's a Whore's chugging opening riff), Nirvana-based post-grunge (Yours if You Like smells like the Cliff Notes for a course in Cobain 101), testosterone-rich funk-metal (Are You There? moshes along to the sort of rubber-band, detuned E-string lick even Fred Durst has become tired of), earnest Westerbergian Goo-Goo balladry (Halo wears its heart on its flannel sleeve), and so on. They're even proud of it -- "evolution's overrated," proclaims singer Thomas Flowers at one point. And why shouldn't they be chuffed? Truth is, this CD will probably be a huge hit -- like the crafty forgers they are, Oleanders' addictively hooky replications are so flawless, only the trained ear could tell them from the originals. No, there's no reason to like this CD. But we bet millions of folks will.

Track Listing 1. Come To Stay
2. Yours If You Like
3. Are You There?
4. Halo
5. Benign
6. Unwind
7. Goodbye
8. Jimmy Shaker Day
9. Back Home Years Ago
10. Tight Ripe
11. She's Up, She's Down
12. Champion
 


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