Review Summary: A Greg Sage solo record? Is This Real?
Greg Sage, frontman of the Wipers is an interesting fellow, or is he" No one actually knows, because he is a mysterious figure indeed. Where is he now" Will he ever write again" Questions that can't be answered. It is a shame such a talent lay dormant, awaiting certain death, but the legacy left behind shall surely bear fruit.
Straight Ahead is similar to Wipers material, but more subdued. Greg of course plays with passion, but this time opting for a more cleaner and Straight Ahead approach rather than the wild fury of overdriven guitars we are used to from him. This approach works and the crisp production really aids in this. Greg's vocals are as passionate as ever (yes i used that word twice, because the album is really that great!). The drums.
The first half of the album is quite a different affair from the second half, the first half rocks and rolls while the second is more dainty and somber. Criticisms" Perhaps the record tends to become repetitive towards the latter half, repetitively good that is. Boom. Seriously though, this is a great hecking time from start to finish and depending on mood you can choose which side you like the most on any given day. I mostly choose to listen to the second side, because I am depressed, but let's not make this about me.
Lyrically it's typical Greg, but as usual they do the job well enough, but this is mostly about the jams, the plodding rhythms with great sounding guitars, the vibes if you will. So is this a social album" I mean you COULD put this on at a party, you won't get any confused stares but unless Porch or Hep Kat are there you aren't going to get any brownie points. Still, it's not an offensive album by any manner.
So there you have it, Greg Sages first and best solo record. Don't go in expecting Youth of America levels of incredible consistency or experimentation here, but do expect some prime Greg Sage ass tunes. The Power in One this aint. Peace.