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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #22 July-Aug 1999


Self-Titled (Backburner)

The Possibilities, fellow travelers in the quirky little Athens, Georgia, music scene intertwined with Jack Logan, deliver some good, dumb fun on this rawkin’ record. In fact, there may not be another record this year that delivers more exhilaration from such seemingly offhand, casual parts. In other words, folks, ain’t no brain surgery going on here. Just loud guitars and drums, the occasional piano, delivering straightforward, pop rock, of the scruffy rather than polished variety.

There are occasional missteps: The distorted vocals of “Next Party”, for example, are an unnecessary affectation. But most of these songs are melodic gems, paced fast and faster, and meant to be played loud. One exception is “Don’t Look Back”, a gently cautionary epiphany that closes the record: “Don’t look back, don’t look beside/The world’s moved on to better things, left us behind.”

Not that the Possibilities spend much time in such quiet reflection. More typical is the crunchy “Genius”, which observes, in a non sequitur that nonetheless makes perfect sense: “You can’t add and you can’t subtract/Your equilibrium is outta whack/You cannot drive and you don’t ride bikes/You’re too tired to sleep at night.”

Damn straight.

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Originally Featured in Issue #22 July-Aug 1999

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