Morristown native C.R. Gennone is a member of a few local bands including Winnebago and Tribal Days. Recently he released his first solo EP, Goodbye Wisdom, and it is an impressive debut.
The opening title track sets the tone for the record and has a Neil Young vibe that features some excellent layered guitar work. The final minute takes a slightly psychedelic, shoegaze turn that make for a memorable outro. “Angels” is a wonderful, uptempo fuzz pop tune that has a big fat, undeniable hook that reminds me of Built to Spill. “Cold Callin'” slows things down just a bit, but at the same time the guitar is loud and angry. It also features the killer line “Put all my chips on red, and it always came back black.” The song really lets Gennone show off his vocal chops which I find earnest and emotive. Closer “Hood” returns to the shoegaze feeling from the first track and ends on an optimistic outlook with lyrics “maybe I’ll learn to love again.” Nice finish.
Gennone is keeping quite busy these days which is a good thing. The EP, produced by Max Rauch from bands Lake Effect and NGHTCRWLRS, hints at musical force that may be heading for a creative burst. I’ll be listening. So should you.
You can “name your price” and buy Goodbye Wisdom on C.R.’s Bandcamp page.
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