Music Artist: Crazy Mary
Music Album: Dreaming in Brilliant Color
Record Label: Self-released
|Come On Let’s Go||Crazy Mary|
|Cup of Tea||Crazy Mary|
|Lonesome as a Train||Crazy Mary|
|Song For a New Year||Crazy Mary|
|Ferris Wheel||Crazy Mary|
|Spring Flowers||Crazy Mary|
|I’m Ready To Go||Crazy Mary|
|Pass the Bread||Crazy Mary|
|Fallen Angel||Crazy Mary|
|Nick’s New Groove||Crazy Mary|
|Another One Like You||Crazy Mary|
|Take Me By The Hand||Crazy Mary|
1. Come On Let’s Go
Crazy Mary start the record off with a fairly strong track, although the vocals are pitchy at times and the rhyming awkward. It has a peppy attitude and a fun feel overall.
2. Cup Of Tea
A sweet song with a unique feel. The title is exactly what the song is about, ironically. It works, although the vocals could use a touch of reverb.
3. Lonesome As A Train
It sounds like the band hit their groove here, with a solid rock n’ roll groove, and some double/overdubbed vocals that suit just fine, giving a more dynamic feel, and I’m sure more of the Jefferson Airplane vibe Crazy Mary is going for. This is really the direction they should head in, in my view. Very catchy and absorbing.
4. Song For a New Year
A social statement that comes off as a bit too shrill. The music features an interesting psychedelic arrangement, but the vocals are trying to elevate the track to somewhere it doesn’t want to go. Lyrically awkward and off-key at times. It’s too bad, because there is great potential in this track.
5. Ferris Wheel
Catchy, but not memorable.
6. Spring Flowers
“Spring Flowers” sounds like a bit of a half-baked jam, and not a full-fledged song. Some good ideas here, but it’s just not coming together.
7. I’m Ready To Go
A dance track that could be seen as a companion to the album opener. The chorus is almost disco, and really works with it’s fast paced harmonies.
8. Pass the Bread
A lazy slow-burner that’s hard to warm up to. The chorus features a rise in energy, similar to “Waiting for the Sun” by the Doors, with a bit of Nirvana thrown in.
9. Fallen Angel
An energized blues rock number that shows off some of the band’s strengths well.
10. Nick’s New Groove
Funky and psychedelic, like Red Hot Chili Peppers mixed with the Flaming Lips. This is possibly the strongest track on the album, which suggests that maybe the band should focus on getting a bit stranger.
11. Another One Like You
This track doesn’t work for the band. The vocals really struggle and the arrangement aims for a marching band energy
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without the explosive energy to back it up. There’s no way this should have been on the release.
12. Take Me By The Hand
Extremely straight-forward and predicable.
Crazy Mary’s “Dreaming in Brilliant Color” does not have the qualities you would expect from such a seasoned psychedelic rock outfit. It suffers from shrill, out of key vocals on many of the tracks and a distinct lack of imagination. Many of the tracks sound as if the group are trying to make radio friendly 3-minute offerings, but this isn’t where they shine. The lyrics seem shallow and the phrasing awkward.
However, there are moments of brilliance and true potential, such as in “Lonesome As A Train”, where the band really excel, and also moments of fascinating experimentation. One can hope that the band recognizes their strengths and comes out with a more focused effort next time around.
Check out Crazy Mary’s websites at: www.crazymary.com,