Samantha Gilweit, contributor
Ultimate Painting’s self-titled, debut album is all meat and no bones. While some of the instrumentation is incredibly successful, with very lush guitars and harmonies, Ultimate Painting is an album that, like a lost orphan, doesn’t understand where it comes from. The album opens with a very Creedence Clearwater-ish “Oh, shit! I’m on an exciting road trip!” guitar riff, but the next track sounds like something I cut myself to in the ‘90s.The rest of the album is equally disjointed, not knowing whether it’s psychedelic, shoegaze, or classic rock. Arguably their best song, “Winter in your Heart” marries the 1960s meets 1990s vibe most successfully. It sounds like if the Fountains of Wayne’s “Sink to the Bottom” and The Troggs’ “Love is All Around” had a bastard child together.
Hopefully, Ultimate Painting’s sophomore effort will go on an “Eat, Pray, Love” journey and come home enlightened, ready to tie all of its influences together into something new.
Rating: 6 out of 12 cans of PBR!