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Red Wanting Blue

From the Vanishing Point

(Fanatic; US: 12 Jan 2012; UK: 10 Jan 2012)

Red Wanting Blue: From The Vanishing Point

Cut from the same cloth as Counting Crows, Hootie & the Blowfish and others of that ilk, this Columbus, Ohio-based outfit suffers from an everyman-ness that might be charming on the bar circuit but proves less so on record. Despite some well-written material and competent performances, Red Wanting Blue ultimately sounds bland—the kind of group that’s perfect for an independent film soundtrack: familiarly inoffensive, offensively unmemorable. Leader Scott Terry does a credible Eddie Vedder-meets-Darius Rucker during “White Snow” and even crafts what could be a minor AAA radio staple, “Cocaine”. “Walking Shoes” could be a Barenaked Ladies castoff albeit with lyrics that fall on the wrong side of the thin line between stupid and clever. More like beige wanting rufous.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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