Windsor Drive - 'Windsor Drive'

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Windsor Drive - 'Windsor Drive'

If Windsor Drive were an entry in the 'Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy', they'd definitely be filed under "mostly harmless".

Here's a conundrum for ya; when is an AOR Heaven album not an AOR Heaven album? Easy one really, since this is a review of Windsor Drive, the answer is obviously 'when it's a Windsor Drive album'. This self-titled effort from the Wisconsin youngsters is not a new album but a compilation of the best bits of their four EPs.

I say "best bits", but unless you are a teenager who thinks Snow Patrol, F.un and Keane are "Rock music", you're not going to find much here to inspire or even enjoy that much. The music is inoffensive, and there are some catchy choruses and neat tunes, but it's all so balls-less that you want to smack them over the head with a Stratocaster and turn all their amps up to eleven.



It's easy to appreciate the synth-heavy Indie Pop of 'Wide Eyed At Midnight', for example, but it ain't and will never be, "Rock music". Nothing ever gets past a jog, and you might as well be listening to 'Somewhere Only We Know' and 'Chasing Cars' on a loop for all the variety. Vocalist (and keyboard player) Kipp Wilde has exactly the right sort of voice for the music he's doing, and it's all put together with care and attention, but it's just so bland; for the most part I could feel my brain dribbling out of my ears and escaping quick just in case a John Lewis advert came on.

I can't see this appealing to many readers of Fireworks & Rocktopia, although their tweenage daughters might like it (if they haven't been properly brought up with Journey and Night Ranger, that is). If Windsor Drive were an entry in the 'Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy', they'd definitely be filed under "mostly harmless".

Alan Holloway

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