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The Houndz
2nd Adulthood (Boomer Music & Records)

By: Jeb Branin

I have nothing but respect for what THE HOUNDZ are trying to do... Baby boomer rock 'n roll (played by boomers, naturally) that isn't retro crap but a look forward. The problem is in the delivery, not the intent. I like the tongue in cheek attitude of the lyrics and the light hearted tone of the CD but try as I might I can't stomach the music. A cluttered mixture of AOR, pop, jazz and bluegrass that comes across as disjointed most of the time and disingenuous some of the time... as if they are trying to stretch their sound to incorporate a wide variety of influences for the simple sake of doing so, not because they have any kind of unified vision wherein this vast array of styles gels in any way. I appreciate the fact they are trying to speak to their generation with a progressive sound but frankly they are trying to say too much to too many. THE HOUNDZ need to accept that they can't be a voice for all baby boomers and just be a voice for themselves. As a person too young to be a baby boomer but too old to be a Gen Xer I understand the musical alienation they are tackling but that doesn't make this stuff any good.
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