December 13, 2007


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Daniel Bon and the Future Ghosts, Walking Backwards Thru the City
Self-released, Nov. 20
Continuing the catch-up this week, this local record almost never got a proper review owing to its hackneyed opening song, a stellar example of poor tracklist arrangement since the rest of it’s not at all bad. Until recently, Bon was in two Boston bands simultaneously, leading Pennyred (designers of unsightly album covers inna house!) through two albums and Averi for a Midwest college tour. “In the Meantime” is the albatross opener insulted above, a prototypical beginner-Boston-band stab at Steve Winwood meets too-fast early Rush beat, you know the type if you’ve ever hung out with a band you knew would never make it under any circumstances. “Keep Holding On” fares quanta better, a noisy, over-compressed, plodding mess with big-league melodies at every stage of the tune. “When You Go Away” is better than early emo because of its adamantly punk parts; “Last Goodbye” would do Dashboard Confessional good if the production weren’t barrel-bottom. A- — E. W. S.