by Erik Gamlem


Sometimes good poetry isn’t in fact really all that poetic. Sometimes it’s actually kind of awkward and wordy and confused. Poetry like that is great because it means that the writer is usually just as flustered as you with the trivial shit in life. When a writer can’t spit out their feelings in one flowing dish of brilliance then maybe their doing their job right.

Now I admit that while Polymer is without a doubt lyricist/singer/guitarist Jason Farrell’s most cohesive attempt at straightening out his day and relaying it to his listeners, it’s obvious that he hasn’t quite figured it all out yet. Where previous albums were much more self destructive and messy, the lyrics of Polymer definitely convey that at least Farrell has moved on from more juvenile troubles he once found himself in.

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However, the music of this new outing isn’t quite as striking as songs from past albums. While it is a bit more experimental, too often the new sounds are abandoned for old habits. One of Bluetip’s more endearing qualities in the past was that many of their songs seemed more like unfinished chaos, similar to the lyrics that accompanied them. The tracks of Polymer seem instead to drag on. While “New Shoe Premonition” is the most adventurous track in pounding rock featuting some intricate solo work, it still feels like a punk rock answer to the vision of stoner rock.

Yet do not fear faithful lovers of R.O.C.K. Bluetip will deliver that punch in the face with out getting too arty for you. “Don’t Punch Your Friend (for being slow)” is like an interesting Foo Fighters song (if such a thing exists) with lyrics a bit more educated, if still scrambled up. With nice build ups and solid guitar jabs blended in with short and sweet melodies you feel the direction of Bluetip’s musical wind. Perhaps a bit more divulging into these new, more experimental territories will make for an interesting sound, as long as the boys of Bluetip remember to retain the rock and roll fire.

Okay, so it is boy rock, granted, but Bluetip is not the self indulgent broken song band that it once was. A level of maturity and possibly clearer vision makes Polymer a decent outing from the fields of Washington DC. Maybe if Farrell ever gets his head together we’ll get some intense intellectual rock and roll for all to share.

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