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Bravo Brinsk!

Brinsk - A Hamster Speaks

4 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2008

Review by Wade Vonasek

Brinsk sounds all over the place, in a good way, on A Hamster Speaks, which was actually one of the things I enjoyed most about this album. The experimental aspect of the recording seems to seep its way into every track somehow, and as a whole, comes out sounding like the result of the paranormal nuptials of Miles Davis and early Pink Floyd.

There is much to like about A Hamster Speaks . Jason Nazary's almost rock-sounding drums shake up the straight jazz sounds of lead-off track "Svensfagel," On "Soul Devoured," a rather dark, ominous intro leads into an evil, yet pleasing, slow crawl that builds the intensity in a major way. "Andy," "Torn" and "The Gun I Used to Use" are all vaguely psychedelic in feel, as well as "Mrs. Zurne," which makes this reviewer picture the musician" in a circle, each popping in to noodle at random. Also of interest is "Laser Eyes," with sections that are reminiscent of a monkey screaming; and "One," with a sound that feels like one is being continually pelted with small pebbles until being rhythmically slapped upside the head at the finale.

The title track really showcases the musicians, with outstanding bass from Aryeh Kobrinsky (who also composed the songs), horns galore from Jacob Wick (trumpet), Evan Smith (tenor saxophone) and Adam Dotson (euphonium), as well as Nazary's drum skills, with the group at times picking up speed until turning into a musical cacophony.

Overall, I would highly recommend A Hamster Speaks, especially to the more adventurous listener. It's refreshing to hear a band take chances and step outside the bounds of conformity. Bravo Brinsk!

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