Wrecking Ball - Dead Confederate
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the alternative rock band who met in high school and now are based in Athens, Georgia.
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  1. Ultimately, though, Dead Confederate's alt-country/grunge hybrid doesn't just feel like a compelling debut, it feels like a compelling new genre.
  2. 70
    The album is crisper than the band’s early-’08 EP, thanks to Spoon producer Mike McCarthy, who let the fury bounce around every inch of a cinder-block space in Austin--where, appropriately, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" sound effects were recorded.
  3. Despite all the influences blowing through the ether, the resulting songs lack the dynamic range of their most obvious inspirations, each charting a familiar trajectory through a slow build and release of cacophonous guitars and caterwauling vocals that gets old around the five-minute mark.
  4. Dead Confederate are good at ballsy, sinister, twisted rock‘n’roll, and this they deliver by the bowlful. Unfortunately they show their weakness when they step beyond this brief.
  5. Dead Confederate build on their eponymous EP with hunks of full-bloodied Southern rock in the mold of Kings Of Leon or Drive-By Truckers shot through shards of grunge and psychedelia. [fall 2008, p.86]
  6. As a debut album, however, Wrecking Ball is a hit-or-miss effort that only hints at the band's potential.

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  1. Apr 1, 2012
    Dead Confederate has a strange sound going for them. I can see the comparisons between Nirvana and My Morning Jacket. They aren't the best band and this definitely isn't the best album I've ever heard, but it's dark lyrics and eerie atmosphere make up for some of it's flaws. Expand