Alex Blaze

Queer music Friday - Ariel Aparicio album review

Filed By Alex Blaze | November 14, 2008 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Ariel Aparicio, queer music

"All These Brilliant Things"
Ariel Aparicio
Bully Records, 2007

This review is going to be short, because this album was sent to me about three weeks ago and I still don't have much to say about it. I waited each Friday, hoping that within the next week I'd be inspired, but really I was just procrastinating.

It's technically well-done, and there's nothing here that would just make me want to rip it on these pages. Aparicio is a talented singer, with a voice that generally floats between that one style American Idol contestants sing in and David Bowie.

It's a glam rock album without the risks, unless I simply missed what made this album interesting. It's like the Hedwig soundtrack, only less catchy.

I haven't been able to force myself to listen to this album entirely, continuously. I keep on jumping between tracks (even as I listen to it now to write this review), quite simply because I keep on getting bored. I feel like I went to a tired rockers concert, and, well, I don't want to be rude by leaving, but my mind will wander and I'll wait for a moment to make a polite exit.

A couple tracks stand out. "Bones" reminds me a bit of Billie Meyers (remember her? "Kiss the Rain"?), with a glammy chorus. "Heaven" is a noisy track with quite a few cymbals and some of the best vocals on the album.

That's about it. This album's for someone, but not me. If you don't care about music being interesting or new or risky and think that glam rock never died, then this album's for you.

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