Rick Bain and the Genius Position
Crooked Autumn Sun
Mark my words, if this Portland, OR psyche outfit•s CD had better artwork and was on a hipper, more established label, this would have been on countless •best of• lists for the year 2000. As it stands, Crooked Autumn Sun is a near-perfect psychedelic guitar album, with more emphasis placed on the melodies and attitude than on extended guitar jamming. The band•s closest contemporary is without a doubt The Brian Jonestown Massacre, which in turn means that Spacemen 3, Primal Scream, and, er, The Rolling Stones are all valid reference points. The album•s only weakness is the fact that several of the songs sound a little too similar, but when the songs are all as good as the paisley and sunbeam-filled •Not Now,• who can really complain? Rick Bain may not be as cute as that dude from Coldplay, but his album is a trillion times better, now let•s just hope he finds an appropriate label and an art director.
Official Records, 1539 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209