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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 20:14:23 UTC
Artist: Aquarius Blue
CD: Forever Blue
Quote: "Aquarius Blue makes melodic rock that somehow skirts easy categorization."
By Dan MacIntosh
Aquarius Blue illustrates its Forever Blue CD with the photo of a child sticking out his Blue Man Group-blue tongue. The music contained within is neither depressingly blue nor something akin to the blues, however. Instead, Aquarius Blue makes melodic rock that somehow skirts easy categorization.
This band doesn’t sidestep description via unusual instrumentation, however. In fact, much of the music on this 14-song offering is familiar and nearly predictable. But it’s not what they use, but how they use it, that makes Forever Blue so can’t-put-your-finger-on-it good.
Of course, a few of these songs are familiar in a quite pleasant way. For example, during “Rendezvous,” Eric Bilodeau – for all intents and purposes, Aquarius Blue – sings in a snotty, Stones-y tone. Then with “Los Banditos," the whole song takes on a Rolling Stones vibe. But there is also plenty of variety running through this recorded effort. The guitars on the aforementioned “Rendezvous” are more Peter Buck (REM) than Keith Richards. Yet a track called “Turn a Light On,” on the other hand, is slightly psychedelic.
Bilodeau’s best lyrics are the ones he put to “Certainly Unsure," which speaks about aging. It may even remind you of how Dylan once wrote: “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” In this case, however, Bilodeau finds that the older he gets, the less self-assured he becomes. It’s true that the key to wisdom is realizing how much we do not know. Bilodeau is no longer so haughty as to think he has all of life figured out. The beauty in living is the ever-unfolding layers of life experience, anyhow.
“No Magic” is also a nice, moody track. Over a quiet rhythm section, Bilodeau lays down uncomplicated guitar rhythms to create an unsettling mood. Bilodeau sings this, as well as every song on the disc, with plenty of heart and soul. He makes rock & roll music, but performs his songs much like a folk troubadour.
Just don’t let a song title like “No Magic” lead you to believe there is no magic in Aquarius Blue’s music. Some of my favorite magicians are performers who can take tricks that seem overly familiar upon first glance, yet come off new and exciting before the bit is finished. Bilodeau is like that old school magician who hits the stage with a black hat and a few simple boxes atop a table. But as soon as he starts pulling colorful scarves out of his sleeves, you’re entranced as though this is something you’ve never even seen before.
Artist Website: http://www.aquariusblue.com
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