Soak 2179 (Rainmaker)
Reviewed by David Lynch, Fri., Dec. 3, 1999
2179 (Rainmaker)The newest from Austin's hard rock quartet Soak reverberates consistently throughout, which is no mean feat considering Soak used a handful of studios across the state to record 2179's 12 tracks. Opener "People Don't Care" is a woofer fest, the modern rock radio-friendly "Place Your Hands" rolls with an urgent Front 242ish chorus, the title track wraps electronica in a full Metallica jacket, the grisly "In Balance" describes the deadly aftermath of a car wreck, and "Hot Rod Novocaine" is as catchy as it is syncopated. As with all modern rock, there are an equal number of toss-offs, too: the obliquely worded, power singalong, "We Drink Till the Sunrise," destined to be a fratboy/tallboy call to arms, and the meandering closer "Backtrack" standing out in particular. With angular pop sensibility and melodies that burrow into your head -- for better or worse -- Soak's crisply recorded third full-length is a solid 40-minute fist-shaker rendered disposable by its dread lack of originality.