May 10, 2007

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Bockman, Chasing Dragons
Co-Opt Records, 2007

If Bockman is attempting to disappear in the crowd of hookless emo-tinged epic-rockers like Minus the Bear and Mineral they’ve succeeded brilliantly, elsewise this ranks among the most tragic failures of the year. Bockman wields a scary amount of talent (the drummer’s contribution to “Rad” alone is worth a download) and one or two tremendous songs (okay, one, that being “Isis”), but in the end there isn’t enough stickiness to justify busting an eardrum over it, particularly when TV On the Radio is drawing such highly detailed schematics and making this goofy genre their own. Could be that these guys built the entire album around “Isis,” for what it’s worth, seeing as how “Tied to the Moon” comes close to off-Broadway worthiness but eventually flops on the weakness of Sean Canan’s way-too-Spandau Ballet vocal sound. “Squirrel View” is another close-but-no-cigar, poorly mixed electro-buzzes screwing up what could have been passable Jam filler. C-Eric W. Saeger