Is Heavenward Hum-(RCA)
Hailing from Champaign, Illinois, previously best
known in rock circles as home of REO Speedwagon, can't help a young band in winning any
credibility awards. So a band has to go out and put its money where its mouth is.
Hum is able to do this on their second album. A mass of slashing guitars and swirling
sounds gives the band a tricky tightrope to navigate -- a mixture of punky sensibilities
and an ethereal bent.
Bringing to mind bands like Ride and Lush, Hum are able to pull this
off with aplomb. Starting out with the exquisite mindfuck of "Isle of the
Cheetahs," they also pull off such cool tricks as the Matchbox 20 meets Nirvana rock
theatrics of "Comin' Home."
The band seems to like the tension of starting out
with acoustic guitars and quickly mixing in a wall of marauding electrics. Despite the
danger of a trainwreck, they pull it off with cool aplomb. (3/98)
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