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The Running Time

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  • Audio CD (27 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sellaband
  • ASIN: B001A379FK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,612,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I shall begin by giving a brief insight into what I think of each individual track.

Know me - Vocals are strong but nothing special or out of the ordinary. Funky guitar running through the track, which is its only redeeming feature. The vocals end up being too forced, as if the singer is trying to impress and being rock n roll. The lyrics were also unimaginative, and although I enjoyed the harmonica in the middle 8, it was still very generic and predictable. I don't like the overall tune.

2. Crusade - The vocals are too nasal and again, sound forced and try-hard. The lyrics do not really speak to me; they're hard to make sense of, but not in a witty, original way. This just sounds very amateurish, with the voice too hard and loud.

3. Shadows Of The Night - Much like the last two songs, I did not really make sense of the lyrics. The harmonica addition was, at this point, almost laughable, just shows they are trying too hard, and makes the whole album less credible as they seem to resort to the same thing over and over; the instrumentals, lyrics themselves and vocal style do not change through the tracks.

4. Welcome To Africa - This track is not at all commercially viable and its lyrics are something you'd expect from an 8 year old winner of a Blue Peter competition to write a song for its annual appeal, but not a band such as this. The voice is yet again, forced, too loud and actually flat and tuneless in places. It sounds patronising from them, in terms of lyrical content.

5. Home - This track is the redeeming feature of the album so far; the lyrics are quite good, although I dislike the backing vocals and the chorus. The backing vocals sound like some sort of vocal duplication was used so it sounds warped and fake.

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The best way to describe SolidTube is a mix of rock, blues and gospel styles, with a bit of country thrown in for good measure.

There seem to be two types of song on this album, and it's split about 50/50. The first type of song has a toe-tapping rock beat, with Mandana Nikou singing a boring and monotonous tune over the top. It's enough to get you reaching for the paracetamol in a hurry.

The second type of song has more acoustic backing elements to it, and is usually well-worth listening to for the musical qualities it possesses. Nikou has found a more interesting tune to sing on these tracks.

Unfortunately all of SolidTube's work suffers from rubbish lyrics. Really, it doesn't matter how much conviction you put into your singing, if the words are meaningless twoddle then the song is meaningless too.

I think perhaps the band should hire a better song-writer. Musically they're very good, but the songs they choose to perform aren't really up to a good standard.
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By Cat Mac VINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2008
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Solidtube (no doubt named for the microphone) appear to be an Austrian outfit, fronted by a Linda Rondstat flavoured lady by the name of 'Mandana'...and on occasion she does vocally resemble a lady with a very similar first name!

On the first listen the record sounds very dated. Something about the Rondstat vocals meets ZZ Top riffing ages the material about 20 years, and not necessarily in a good way. The backing band come off as self indulgent in their sound and it's really nothing better than you'd hear in the back of one of those 'made for the shopping centre' cover CDs.

When moving away from the 'rock' material, like on track 3 where a more acoustic vibe comes in, something shifts and the softer (and infinitely more preferable!) tones of Mandana's voice are exposed. Unfortunately though, these are short lived, and the 80's style sub-par Pop-Rock makes up the majority of the record.

Granted, English isn't the first language of the band, but some of the lyrics have just been ripped straight out of other popular songs (such as exclamations about no valley being deep enough, no river being wide enough.....) which is just grating. There is also the completely twee and pretty pointless 'Welcome to Africa' which starts and goes no where.

All in all, I'm sure there are areas of the European market that will love this, and I'd be interested to hear some of their stuff in German to see if there is a difference to the quality of the lyrics etc. But as it stands, this is not a record I would buy or recommend.
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By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2008
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SolidTube could be either a Country Rock style band from Vienna or a highly regarded microphone by AKG - also of......err Vienna! Confusing, but The Running Time is an album by the former. Not a bad effort for a first offering, and I'm sure no one would guess the band's Austrian origins if they didn't already know. More like a slice of mid seventies Americana.

This release is a product of Sellaband, which is an organisation that allows fan investors to support artists they have faith in, and hopefully make a profit into the bargain! The sum of $50,000 secures a professional album and The Running Time is just that; a nicely produced and great sounding CD. The tight band provides the perfect backing for Mandana Nikou's distinctive vocals, whether on the rockier tracks or the power ballads. Nice guitars, vocals and mouth harp blend into a very pleasant mix of AOR.

Of the ten tracks on the album eight really stood out and will find their way onto the iPod. The two I didn't enjoy so much were the semi-funky pseudo political Welcome to Africa - basically saying bad things happen in Africa. We know that. The other is the almost filler track What I Say - an easily forgettable up-tempo foot tapper.

Probably a good live act but unlikely to be seen in the UK charts. There is no big record company to push the album and any success will depend upon the band building up a live fan base here. As a group not based in the UK that may prove too difficult for them to achieve. Austrian Country Rock may be just too exotic to catch on in a big way, but I really enjoyed the music and will be playing it for some time to come.
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