November 23, 2006

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Danava, Danava
Kemado Records, 2006

Look for the orange and yellow CD cover with the completely unreadable logo and you’ll hold in your hands the outtakes album Angel would have tried to hide from the world in a parallel dimension. In this, Danava achieve nirvana in today’s reverse-polarity hard-rock underground — you want to shake them and roar into their faces “Molly Hatchet’s dead, man! Blue Oyster Cult, Kansas — dead!” but what good would it do? You’d only end up needing a horse’s dose of Thorazine while they planned their next, whatever, “progressive foray into waters briefly skirted by the likes of Starz, charted by ELP in their private hours,” in other words, “Hmm! Maybe we can be the next Darkness!” All right, Danava’s a lot better than the Darkness (of course, so’s your grandmother’s bingo crew singing psalms), but boy could they use a studio engineer who didn’t go so Reverb R Us on the singer. Or maybe it’s perfect as is, which is the crux of the biscuit, one would wager by way of hipster paranoia. C+

— Eric W. Saeger