Logs In The Mainstream â€“ The Ridiculous & The Sublime / 2008 LogsMOLE / 12 Tracks / http://www.logsinthemainstream. com /
Logs In The Mainstream start out their â€œThe Ridiculous & The Sublimeâ€ with â€œGotta Get Upâ€, a track that vacillates between sounding as if it came out in the sixties or the nineties. The amount of influences that come forth during the 12 tracks on â€œThe Ridiculousâ€ are legion; hints of The Beatles (which the cover of this album parodies), Beastie Boys, Anthrax, Janeâ€™s Addiction and countless others can all be heard.
Logs In The Mainstream have been around for nearly twenty years (they started in 1990), and show their maturity as an act through the number of styles broached during â€œThe Ridiculous & The Sublimeâ€. This means that â€œGratefulâ€ is a track that calls forth the Ramones, while â€œSmallest of Placesâ€ links together They Might Be Giants with Janeâ€™s Addiction. At some point, each of the tracks on this album could be heard on rotation on a major radio station â€“ there is that much charisma present during the songs on this album. The bagpipes take a focal place during â€œDonâ€™t Come To Marylandâ€, which is perhaps the best track on the disc. The martial sound given the track by the bagpipes and drums provide yet another sound and style to associated with Logs In The Mainstream. The subject material presented during this track may be off the wall, but listeners will sing along with it just as if it was a serious song. The band takes a ska-punk style to heart during â€œIf Hitler Had Sideburnsâ€, and it is during this track that the production of the album really is shown to be miles beyond what many punk acts are capable of bringing to the table.
Where the humor present on â€œThe Ridiculous & The Sublimeâ€ is typically oriented towards adults, Logs In The Mainstream create a track or two for the kids. For example, â€œThe Circusâ€ is one of those tracks that uses a wide array of different sounds and elicits thoughts that will keep kids interested in the album, at least until â€œTequila & Power Toolsâ€ scares them all away. Regardless, each of the tracks is good enough to be a single, and this album will stay strong no matter how many times one listens to it. I was not familiar with Logs In The Mainstream before picking up â€œThe Ridiculous & The Sublimeâ€, but I know that I will be paying attention to them in the months and years to come. Give the disc a go.
Top Tracks: Donâ€™t Come To Maryland, Grateful