Sticking true to its name, Hum comes across as a low-tone,
fuzzy alternative band. Songs roll through the album one after
another like lulling waves lapping against the shore. If there
was ever a rock-n-roll type album that would cause a person
to "mellow-out", this would be it.
This four-man band from Illinois have brought across a slow
paced brand of alternative rock that embraces the fuzzy tone
of a Ross Robinson produced album interspersed with moments
of musical clarity. (Note: Don't
be confused by the commentary. The album is actually produced
by Keith Cleversley.) The lead singers lulling,
almost-talented vocals seem to mingle with the music, weaving
in and out of every song. Tracks like Suicide Machine
and Stars both show great promise.
The real unfortunate part of this album is that every song
basically has the same musical tone and quality of sound.
Unless you dedicate some time to listening, you'll have a
hard time discerning where some tracks end and others begin.
The whole Fugazi-type sound has been done before, so
Hum really doesn't bring anything new to the genre.