Local Reviews: Heterodactyl

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Heterodactyl
Fourier
Spy Hop
Street: 08.11.09
Heterodactyl = Maroon 5 + Red Hot Chili Peppers + Steely Dan
These local boys deserve credit for coming up with charismatic instrumental parts which complement each other nicely, but the overall production feels overdone in a smooth jazz kind of way. I couldn’t connect with Fourier because I felt so far away from what was going on. “Ballad,” the best track of the album, has two successive transitions which ease the song from energetic to calm and ambient. I enjoyed it. I wish the last track, “The Producer,” was left off the album. The overused anti-mainstream soapbox rant is the embodiment of underdog musical kitsch.