Author: Bill Lohr
02/28/2009 | | | Album Review
Rock has a funny way of toying with your emotions. It can leave you completely overwhelmed with joy, or leave you high and dry wondering to yourself, "WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?" There have been a lot of bands as of late trying to catch that traditional rock sound of yesteryear and have been failing miserably at it. But fortunate enough for us, Saddle Creek Records have handed us a possible solution to all of our rock uncertainties. With a 70's classic radio sound, an 80's attitude, the flare of 90's alternative, and sealing it with a kiss of modern times, Omaha's Ladyfinger(ne) have given us their sophomore assignment, Dusk.

Dusk is a no strings attached type of album, and I don't mean like the 'Nsync disc. I'm talking about an album with stomping rhythms, atmospheric riffs, grinding guitar and bass combos, and consistently driven vocals. "Over and Over" starts the album off with the right kind of attitude and grabs your attention immediately. The first thirty seconds of the album has a real adrenaline obsessed feel to it, so you would expect some pretty intense vocals to go along. Well when the vocals do come in they are intense, just not in the typical hard rock kind of way. Chris Machmuller, vocalist/guitarist, has a unique way of keeping a subtle yet aggressive tone to his vocals. In the back-to-back power tracks "Little Things" and "Two Things" you can really hear how passionate he gets. "Little Things" seems to be the single off the album and definitely an excellent choice of music to appeal to the masses. The track makes you lose yourself, it puts you in a trance, and just when you think it's over it comes back in with a sucker punch and gets your feet moving again.

One track that really sets a mood is "Plans". Being one of the "softer" songs, it has an awe-inspiring sense of composure. As I said earlier, the album truly has some first-class guitar/bass combos in it, and "Plans" is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. With some help from Pat Oakes' drum work, this track really has that summer night disposition. In addition to the fact that Ladyfinger(ne) has no issues getting the rock out, they once again saddled up with Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus the Bear, Isis) to record their new full length. This was an excellent decision by Ladyfinger(ne), simply because Bayles has an innate ability to bring out the best in any band.

While this may not be the typical hard rock album with cliché lyrics about strippers and booze, it certainly holds its own. Ladyfinger(ne) has managed to produce an album that may not be ideal for bros to drink to at their frat parties, but perhaps a breath of fresh air in an over-saturated rock scene. I'm not saying that they are going to change the face of rock, but they're going to have a good run while they try.


CD / MP3