Imaad Wasif - Imaad Wasif
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  • Summary: Guitarist Wasif, who has performed with alaska!, Folk Implosion and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, makes his solo debut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Wasif is able to create a lot out of very little, making every sound count, and more importantly, making sure that the songwriting, singing, and melody are top-notch.
  2. The rest of the album doesn't sustain the highs of its first two tracks. At their best, the remaining songs are soothing, if unremarkable. But, at their worst, they plummet into less tuneful and more lyrically cloying territory.
  3. It has a hard time hitting the kind of peaks required to make a singer-songwriter disc truly memorable. [Jun 2006, p.180]
  4. Wasif tries too hard to make lines interesting and profound, and they end up sounding awkward and a bit forced.
  5. 50
    Sometimes [his] acoustic finger-plucking moves past half-angst into something boozier, but his solo debut is boxed wine at best. [May 2006, p.91]
  6. The simpleness just keeps on coming until it's simply deadening.
  7. Wasif aspires for the guts of Neil Young and the tortured soul of Ian Curtis but captures neither, instead sounding like an inappropriately self-pitying, passive-aggressive whiner.