Songs in Alphabetical Order
3 out of 5 stars
There’s some damn fine musicianship on Distance Engine’s debut release Songs in Alphabetical Order.
In a foundation of rock with flavorings of pop and jazz — á la Wilco — the band, fronted by long-time Boulder musician Will Baumgartner, gets experimental without getting too “out-there.” Strong writing skills and smart pop sensibilities blend to form a cohesive, and listener-friendly album.
Unfortunately, the vocals provided by Baumgartner don’t match the professionalism of the music itself, and the album accordingly suffers, but really only in a few spots. The band has their chops down, and if they can get the vocals dialed in, they’ll do quite well. — Brian F. Johnson
:: Distance Engine ::
:: CD Release parties ::
:: Walnut Room :: June 5 ::
:: Whistler’s Café :: June 12 ::
:: Lazy Dog :: June 18 ::