Slide Show Baby â€“ S/T / 2007 Moraiath / 11 Tracks / http://www.slideshowbaby.com /
â€œLong Long Roadâ€ is a track that starts with splashy drums. Thatâ€™s a good thing. However, it sounds like the violin that is present during points of this track is created in Cakewalk and pandered as real. While I have no problem with how they have created the lines (real or through a program), it just has a feel that is not completely convincing. This is what happened at points during the Bloody Irish Boys album, but Slide Show Babyâ€™s violin sounds even less realistic than did the BIBâ€™s.
The band themselves play a style of emo-rock that is a blend of Blink 182 and JFT, while including just a minor hint of a more Irish type of sound. The tracks will bounce around in listenersâ€™ heads in much of the same way as the Plain White Tâ€™s have been doing in the last few months. Where it seemed a little too perfect, the violin during â€œNewsflashâ€ is better socialized into the track. This means that the band is able to include that instrument into a wall of sound, while the insistent vocals use the same somewhat snotty sound as Yellowcard to get their foot in the door. This track is more of a â€œjourneymanâ€ track, in that it represents a song that is solid but does not shine as brightly as is needed for the band to chalk this up as a single.
Iâ€™d eat my hat if Slide Show Baby was not influenced by the Starting Line single â€œThe Best of Meâ€ during the opening riffs to â€œShineâ€. Slide Show Baby is able to come up with a nice, light emo-rock sound for the entirety of their self titled debut album. However, there is not a track that will get them into the public eye. What I can see the band doing in the next few years is getting a song charted on the low 100s on the Billboard, possibly getting some easy listening / modern rock play, and maybe even making it onto a Disney soundtrack or a Scooby Doo movie. This is their debut album, as was mentioned, so I can see the band going farther with future releases. However, aside from their hooky sound, I donâ€™t hear much of a reason to pick up this album. Give the band a listen in the next few years; I feel that they will become more impressive with more experience. Â
Top Tracks: Shine, Long Long Road