The fuzz that starts out â€œLo-Fi Resurrectionâ€ is a little bit off-putting, as the bandâ€™s output would be even stronger during â€œRace of the Ratsâ€ than it currently is with the layer of fuzz added in. The plodding tempo of The Beefeater Project during this track is compelling, and the vocals fit into the grand scheme of things pretty well throughout the song. It is just the distortion that seems a little off at time; I know the album is tied to the whole â€œlo-fiâ€ thing, but the output does not need to sound as if itâ€™s coming off of a tape deck.
The band seems to heed that advise, as â€œBroken Manâ€ is a much more compelling song than â€œRace of the Ratsâ€. Of course, there is a psychedelic, classic sound to â€œBroken Manâ€, but even that is interpreted through the lens of early nineties alternative rock. This means that a larger segment of listeners will be appreciate to appreciate The Beefeater Project during this track. While the distortion comes back during â€œCome On (Be Or Bleed)â€, the band is able to work it into the track in a much more solid way than they did during â€œRace of the Ratsâ€. This allows The Beereater Project to have their first hit with â€œLife Is So Cruelâ€, a track that would be perfect on the classic rock radio stations, even with its tambourine-sounding percussion.â€Life is So Cruelâ€ gets some more cool points, as the dominant vocals move from recalling the sixties to taking on a more Mike Ness type of grit at points.
â€œBuildingâ€ and â€œSomewhere Unimportantâ€ are two tracks that continue the strong streak of songs that The Beefeater Project have put forth on their â€œLo-Fi Resurrectionâ€. It is during â€œSomewhere Unimportantâ€ that The Beefeater Project move back into the nineties alternative band re-envisioning the seventies. In a sense, what The Beefeater Project does during this track is similar to what Polaris and all of the other bands on the Pete and Pete soundtrack did. The band is able to continue their dominance throughout the entirety of â€œLo-Fi Resurrectionâ€, and do it in a way that never sounds dated or insincere in the least. I want to hear more of the band here in the future, and I have little doubt in my mind that they would be a great act if someone should see them live. Pick it up.
Top Tracks: Life IS So Cruel, Salty Dog
The Beefeater Project â€“ Lo-Fi Resurrection of the American Underground / 2006 Closet Media / 15 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/thebeefeaterproject / Reviewed 25 February 2007