Since its inception back in the 50s (and some will say probably earlier), Rock is perhaps the one genre that has find the way to evolve into many distinctive types of styles that uses the basic elements of the genre and bringing it onto a new level. Even, say, like Punk music, throughout the decades keeps most of the essence but the approach tends to differ from artist to artist. Back in the 90s with dawn of what will eventually be known as Alternative Rock, we get to discover and enjoy something that took the depressing and angsty roars of the era and turn it into something often more fun.
Cowboys&aliens by Trio of Awesuhm captures the spirit of this particular moment in music history right from the beginning, walking a thin line between that decade and the modern days.
“Last Night” kicks off with its mellow, melodic guitar riffs as Monica Uhm sings her heart out, even making some of us drop some tears courtesy of her beautiful voice that’s filled with this textures that remind us to the late Dolores O’Riordan and Tori Amos – The Cranberries influences can be felt much stronger on “Nevertheless”. This song sets most of the tone of the record, with a changes like on “Adios” where the band goes for a more carefree, jazzy, groovy direction that stills doesn’t feel out of place.
One little tiny nitpick that turned me off a bit is the fact that while the band showcases here and there a nice taste of what they can bring up individually as musicians, in the end it feels all very consistent and safe. Also, even though the play of words in the band’s name and the references in the album title are pretty cool and somewhat smart, for some it may build an idea of what they may be in for this ride. An idea that once you listen to the band, it may be somewhat misleading.
Criteria - 80%
Overall, cowboys&aliens by Trio of Awesuhm is another great journey into the not so distant past that fans from early Alt. Rock may enjoy along the way. Though not a flawless album, it has its charm that sadly gets overshadowed by the lack of risks.