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Picture Me Broken

Mannequins

Review by Kat Heitzman

This four man band hails from Redwood City, California and started out doing cover songs. They did “Crazy on You” by Heart when I saw them last month. When I first heard this act at a local bar I was smitten with their sound and style. I immediately got my hands on their new EP Mannequins that night at the show and it has found a home on my everyday play list since. Not only do they have it together musically, they are talented lyricists as well. They are the only band that is slated to open for Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson for their 2013 Masters of Madness-Shock Therapy tour beginning in June.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2013  Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Torture

The torture of one’s own appearance is the meaning behind “torture” in this track. The vocals in this song are amazing. Layla Brooklyn Allman (daughter of Gregg Allman) really belts it out and has a sound all her own.

Mannequins
“He can change his name but he cannot change himself.” These lyrics hit home with so many people I know who think they can change their environment and then they will change, but they never do. Musically, this song is thrashing! The drums are thunderous and the vocals consist of both growls and singing. It is very cool the way it is mixed.
Beautiful Disguise
This is a slow ballad and while it is not very “rockin’” it is still a cool song. Allman’s voice is so penetrating and keeps you wanting more. I hope to see a lot more from this artist.
Nothing Further From the Truth
This song starts off with a great keyboard intro and then the guitar and drums just shred their way through it like a boss. I love the lyrics in this song: “You know it’s hard to say you’re sorry when nothing is further from the truth.”

 
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