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Weather-Calling Up My Bad Side

May 1, 2005

weatherBand Name: Weather
Album Name: Calling Up My Bad Side
Best element: Piano “highlights” make their sound unique.
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label name: Cake Records (
Band e-mail:

In a 1980’s-U2-meets-Dave-Matthews-Band-meets-Ben-Folds-Five fashion, Weather has created an album of 11 original tracks that seek to please.

There really are no “weak” songs on Calling Up My Bad Side; each track has the potential for radio success. High points include the song “Calling Up My Bad Side,” which has been sent to college radio stations, and “The Bitter End,” a beautiful track which demonstrates Weather’s ability to combine the efforts and talents of each musician into a musically cohesive unit.

The addition of a piano to what would otherwise be your typical alternative rock band is what makes Weather’s sound unique. Their similarity to Ben Folds Five starts and ends here, because they take the addition of the piano and stretch it out, using its ethereal quality to further enhance the emotion of each song, whether it be upbeat or more serious and sensitive.

Weather’s lyrics are not incredibly poetic, and can even be a bit cliché at times, but they are incredibly honest. There is a lot of telling of emotions. They don’t leave much to interpretation, but they do write lyrics that are able to provoke feeling in the listener and give him or her something to relate to.

While their overall sound and style is not truly groundbreaking, Weather’s Calling Up My Bad Side is worth listening to and even has a little replay factor.

-Andrea Goodwin

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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