The Spoon Benders â€“ Resurrecting the Giants / 2007 Self / 8 Tracks / http://www.thespoonbenders.net /
The Spoon Benders craft a style of music that brings me back to the early days of the nineties. The discâ€™s first track is â€œMaking My Nameâ€, and it has The Spoon Benders linking together the works of Rusted Root, the Dave Matthews Band, and hints of more current (Maroon 5, Matchbox 20, and Coldplay) bands. By the time that the band has ended the track, they have shifted their vocal style ever so slightly, into the realm of a Chris Cornell. This shift forces individuals to keep an open mind as the band moves into â€œThis Momentâ€. The band slows things down for â€œThis Momentâ€, a movie that allows The Spoon Benders to showcase their capable instrumentation. The next step that The Spoon Benders take forward on â€œResurrecting The Giantsâ€ is â€œSaturday Afternoonâ€.
The introduction really captures the title time, being a slower, meandering type of composition. The band is able to have some control of the track, as they steel it to an end at the four minute mark. As with â€œMaking My Nameâ€, The Spoon Benders really call forth the earlier discography of a Dave Matthews. The band comes forth as much more down to earth than the DMB, so this is a success where the vast majority of DMB tracks are failures. The band continues to refine and expand their sound for â€œPoison The Waterâ€. The funky, Lenny Kravitz-type of guitars that dominate the track are linked together with a funk backdrop to create something that is unique as all get out, even as Red Hot Chili Peppers fans can find something that they like. The disc may only have eight tracks, but individuals will be able to get a great sense of who the Spoon Benders are and what they are trying to do with this disc by the end of the disc.
Top Tracks: Saturday Afternoon, Painted Figurines