Jeff Martin
The Ground Cries Out


3.0
good

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
November 13th, 2011 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the kind of album to rock in a rocking chair to (minus the rocking).

When The Tea Party disbanded in 2005 due to creative differences, the band's lead singer, Jeff Martin, got to initiate his solo career. In his career, he would release his first solo album (2006), create a band called The Armada (2009), and then go back to release his second solo album, The Ground Cries Out. It took him five years to create this album, and thus the obvious question is whether or not it was worth the wait. However, the answer to that is somewhat complicated (hence this review).

The Ground Cries Out will surely receive comparisons to The Tea Party’s music. Jeff was the soul of the band, after all, and his unnatural obsession with Middle Eastern melodies and instrumentation propelled them forward. One might imagine, therefore, that his solo music would be Middle Eastern based, but this is only partially the case. The Ground Cries Out may be a mystically influenced folk rock/rock record like The Edges of Twilight (The Tea Party’s classic album), but the influence is only obvious in half of the songs. This album is definitely uniquely Jeff, to state the obvious. Songs like ‘The Ground Cries Out’ and ‘She’s Leaving’ are, perhaps, the only songs that bare strong similarities to the band. The rest of the album is dedicated to folksy rock with a strong emphasis on acoustic guitars. Its mellowness isn’t that much of a stretch, but one cannot help longing for the crunch of electric riffs. We’re teased with them in the final song, ‘The Pyre’, but it’s too little too late. I’m not suggesting that his unique musical style is wrong, or that the absence of electric guitars makes the music worse - I’m merely suggesting that it isn’t as engaging as it potentially could be.

Even when the album is at its most explosive, it never rocks as hard as a The Tea Party album. Perhaps it’s just as well that The Tea Party have rejoined recently, because Jeff’s projects were never going to reach the heights of his old band. At best this feels like a precursor to the band’s next album (if one is made), and at worst it’s an exercise in recycling old ideas. The album is of course decent due to Jeff’s veteran experience with creating music, but it should mostly appeal to hardcore fans of his works. For now, we can only hope that The Tea Party will create new music soon.



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pizzamachine
November 13th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Morning sputnikers! *rubs eyes*

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 13th 2011


10620 Comments


Wow pizza you're making the rest of us look lazy! Great review as always!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


6285 Comments


Some friendly editing:


When The Tea Party disbanded in 2005 due to creative differences, it initiated Jeff Martin’s (the lead singer) solo career

, the band's lead singer, Jeff Martin got to initiate his solo career.


good review, pos.


Wow pizza you're making the rest of us look lazy! [2]

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pizzamachine
November 13th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha I ain't stopping for anything! Thanks Xeno. :]

edit: Thanks Voivod, I fixed!

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 13th 2011


10620 Comments


I remember a day when I had more reviews than you. Holy fuck haha, that seems so long ago! I'M BUMPING UP MY GAME!

pizzamachine
November 13th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh man I remember that hahaha. Good luck catching up (it won't happen)!

scissorlocked
November 13th 2011


3511 Comments


nice work man

someone must post a good review for edges of twilight- it's such a great album



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pizzamachine
November 13th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm I might some day if I feel particularly inspired.

Tyrael
November 13th 2011


20946 Comments


Aaah the machine is winning! Get the combat suits!

Pos'd

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2011


7432 Comments


I've heard some of the tracks and they really didn't do anything for me. They were decent, but nothing special. I'll probably give this another spin.

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pizzamachine
November 13th 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The first track is pretty great.



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