• Meridional: Or Norma Jean Returns to its Roots

    21 Jul 2010, 06:38 by ggnomeproject

    I haven't reviewed an album in a few millenia or so mostly because, as I explain in a future, pending interview with one of my favorite bands: "When I hear a CD, I usually want to soak it in kerosene, light it on fire, and launch it with a clay pigeon shooter." I think that's rage enough to qualify me to listen to and review the new Norma Jean album then, no? And also, because they used to be my favorite band?

    On this, their latest album, Meridional, they claim they were returning to their roots. Whatever that means. It doesn't mean returning to their critically acclaimed Bless The Martyr, Kiss The Child because that was 4 albums, a drummer, a lead vocalist, and a bassist ago. I think it means, like most bands whose cleverness is completely limited to their lyrics and music, that they're running out of ideas. Let's see:

    http://i463.photobucket.com/albums/qq353/mew10t/blogs/NormaJeanMeridional.jpgI'm not going to lie to you. I love this album's cover and liner notes.