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Bottom of the Hudson
The Omaha Record (Absolutely Kosher)

By: Alex Steininger

Culled from two demos, The Omaha Record sounds like two different albums put together, as it is. However, the thirteen tracks do mesh well together, so the slight sound variance can be excused. Borrowing from folk of the 60s and giving it a nice indie rock spin, Bottom of the Hudson's The Omaha Record doesn't hit the grace or astonishment as an Elliott Smith record does, however nor does it try (except during a few spots, where it falls flat). Rather it happily bounces back between blatant indie rock, guitars buzzing out the melody while the band falls suit, and whispery, I-can-hear-the-guitar-strings-creek numbers (the more Elliott Smith numbers). And, when the band is more up to rocking and keeping things simple and straight-ahead, they succeed. When they keep things a bit quieter and more introspective, the lose momentum. I'll give this a B-.
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