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...And Other Distractions
Deaf Pedestrians
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Reviewed: 2/19/2008 by Ryan


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The Deaf Pedestrians’ major label debut is a lot of things. It’s brilliant in spots, it’s charged with influences in spots, and it’s artistically driven in spots, but what it’s not is a complete album. Their new album “Deaf Pedestrians and Other Distractions” isn’t the best thing you’ll hear but for fans of band’s from the nineties like The Toadies and other bands to come out of the Texas music scene Deaf Pedestrians is definitely a band for you. It has lots of great southern-grunge tracks like “Walk Out on Me” and “Idiot” and it’s got a few goofy tracks like “Hail to the Geek” and the disturbing “Splatter.” But it’s also got some not so great songs like “Seatbelt”, “Vampire Girl”, and “S.O.S.”. Honestly it’s not that there’s not creativity to the songs, it’s just that the songs are too compulsive and crazy to really get into. There’s still the 90’s hard-rock/grunge influence to the tracks. I swore I heard Beavis go “yesssss!!!!” during the opening “Seatbelt.” It’s creative and sporadic, but there’s only 5 good songs on this record and for a major label debut there needs to be more than that. Fans of the Toadies will like this record, but if you’re not into that band, stay away.

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