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Lake Trout, Another One Lost (Palm Pictures)
There never seems to be an end to the line of bands claiming that they've found a perfectly unique, totally new way to blend rock, funk, and electronic music. Well, Lake Trout claim the same, but for good reason. The band got together in Baltimore in the late '90s, and since then has toured nonstop. They've shared the stage with a wide range of eclectic talent -- from Soul Coughing, and Live to Amon Tobin and Cursive. Their latest album, Another One Lost, reflects that diversity while at the same time remaining true to the genre of music Lake Trout's been crafting all these years. Album opener, "Stutter", starts with a gritty riff, punctuated by Mike Lowry's outstanding and funky drumming. On "Bliss", Lowry starts out with a frenzied drum and bass beat that builds and builds until singer Woody Ranere's vocals kick in, warning us, "You couldn't stop me if you wanted to". The added flute and ambient guitar riff create a hyper-kinetic blend of straight-up rock and intricate electronica. Ranere's vocals appear frequently on the album, with instrumental tracks interspersed throughout. A few of these are throw-aways, mainly those in which Ranere uses his Jeff Buckley-esque falsetto as a wordless instrument. When listening to his drone, the "skip-ahead" button gets to be pretty tempting. On the whole, however, Another One Lost showcases what Lake Trout has perfected over the years: a slick blend of rock hooks and electronic-style beats that, despite a sincere effort, makes them damn hard to pigeonhole.