July 19, 2022

700 Miles - 700 Miles (1993)

*A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Grunge
Label Number: 07863 66081-2

© 1993 RCA Records
Further proof that Neil Young and Crazy Horse are an under-acknowledged influence on grunge-era alternative rock, the self-titled debut by the New York City trio 700 Miles is basically a tribute to Young's mid-'70s era, especially Zuma and On the Beach. Singer/guitarist John Carlin wisely doesn't try to sing like Young, but there's absolutely no mistaking the guitar sound. Unfortunately, a little bit of the looseness that's the key factor in Crazy Horse would go a long way toward making 700 Miles a more interesting record than it is. Carlin and his two bandmates seem to be a bit afraid of going off into the uncharted regions, and the rhythm section is far too stiff to allow that sort of edge-of-chaos vibe that powers the best Crazy Horse records. Every time things are on the verge of falling apart in interesting ways, as on the closing "Watershed," 700 Miles veer back to the tried and true...and, unfortunately, rather boring. Neither Carlin nor bassist Tom Clapp is a particularly strong songwriter, and the whole album is ultimately a bunch of moderately good ideas poorly executed.

tags: 700 miles, 700 miles album, 1993, flac,

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