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Withdrawal-The Perfectionist Blacklist

withdrawalBand: Withdrawal

Album Name: The Perfectionist Blacklist

Best Element: Ambience and Variation of songs.

Genre: Alternative Rock


Label: Withdrawal Music

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It’s reassuring to know that creative music is still coming out of the Sunshine State of California. Withdrawal, a Fullerton, CA, five-piece proves it with their debut The Perfectionist Blacklist. Released March 2006, these nine songs filled with sonic rapture and inspiring melodies, blending atmospheric passages and all out alternative rock have been nearly two years in the making.

The album flows perfectly in cohesion from beginning to end, yet each song houses a certain level of ambience all to itself. The fine musicianship is structured with Jason Dodge doing the main vocals and covering the low end on bass. His vocals are complimented by the guitarist Jarod Ruston and the outstanding drum work is handled by Ryan Ruston. But it doesn’t stop there… Withdrawal has a few more great texture adding elements to give them an edge over other virtuoso alternative rock bands. Nanda Tierney handles the aura-filled keys and electronics while Todd “T.C.” Crayton handles additional percussion as well as the amazing horn work heard occasionally through the songs (Listen to the end of “I Claudius” for some powerful horn work.).

On top of being creative they also have a good sense of variation. You can bang your head to hard rockers like “Stalker” or the spastic “Oil & Water” or lay back and visit the blissful regions of post-rock territory with songs like “Oct. 23” and “Nova Breeze” or even the progressively styled closer ‘The Struggle”. Then there are tracks like “I Claudius”, “Death of an Oarfish”, and “Macroscopic”, which are all a wonderful combination of both ambient and rock elements. These are really the finest songs the album has to offer, bringing a more forward-thinking creative tone to their overall sound. Now do not take my praise for these 3 songs as an insult to the rest of album… I’m more than impressed with album in its entirety. All the songs were well written and the album itself was well assembled with fantastic production which- believe it or not- was done by the band. And remember as I said above, a good sense of variation is important.

Withdrawal has managed to create something which is both unique in sound yet familiar in its overall scope and in doing so, they should achieve a good level of recognition which they more than deserve.

Josh Hogan