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Moleskin - Voluntary Inventory (Of Not a Very Nice Everyday Life)

Ron Shark   (233 reviews)

Posted: 11/30/2010 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

That title is quite the mouthful. France's Moleskin describe their sound as the love-child of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, and cousin to the QOTSA, Soundgarden & Pearl Jam families, Moleskin is rock. Well now, if that didn't set the bar quite high for the band before I even heard a single note.

I had never heard of the band before and reading that self proclamation got me real curious. It admittedly also got me thinking they may be blowing some smoke up my ass. Well, upon first listen they're definitely not as top notch as those bands listed, but they're definitely nothing to completely pass off.

The influences of each above mentioned is evident throughout the album. They're not treading any new ground, but at this point in the history of rock n roll that's really not an easy task. Writing solid and catchy rock is just as hard of a task.

They rely heavily on classic rock influences. I suppose this is the Led Zeppelin they're talking about, but it often sounds more like a rocking stoner rock sound than anything, but never really any strong Pink Floyd influence. I do often hear a grunge sound coming through at times.

After a little over 40 minutes I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it. I didn't hate it by any means, but nothing completely stood out as something that wasn't already written by another band. They have some cool moments, but overall it still seems they're trying to find their own place. You can go to the link (their Facebook page) and download the album for free to check it out for yourself.

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