Hills Rolling, Something Delicious

hillsrolling2.jpeIf Something Delicious comes off like a self-recorded collection of demos, it’s because hat’s exactly what the album is. Hills Rolling is Trey McGriff, who sang and played everything on this album except a couple of drum tracks. The result is an underwhelming rock album that probably could have used another voice or two to break up some of the monotony and add some badly needed energy, especially in the rhythm section.

There’s a T-Rex trashiness to McGriff’s riff rock, but it’s listless and repetitive. He recycles the same three or four chords until you’re not sure if you’re listening to “I Wake Up” or “Need It” or Tearing You Up Inside.” Matthew Sweet has a talent for making something sublime with just a few simple major chords. McGriff may aspire to that, but Something Delicious falls well short of that. At times, even he sounds bored singing these songs.

There are remnants here to build from. The chorus from “After All These Years” feels like it was cribbed from a Sugar record, but it’s buried in verses that are virtually identical save for the references to stealing dad’s beer, mom’s wine, and sister’s stash, respectively. The shuffling drum programming from “Miles in Miles” actually does give the track a boost, and could be a cool Jesus Jones outtake, were it not for the unrelentingly clichéd lyrics. But then there’s a pattern here, too. All of McGriff’s best ideas seem to be copped from somewhere else (and this doesn’t even mention the bit of Rush’s “Xanadu” that he took for “Want To Want To”).    

Played with a bit more conviction and some feedback from a working band, Delicious could have been a trashy rock candy guilty pleasure instead of a lifeless vanity project.

Words By: Nick A. Zaino III

[Rating: 2/5]

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