Contagious Ignorance by The Band of the Eye rattles along nicely without really grabbing you by the collar and giving you a big smacker. It’s average at best. I read the press pack and info on the band and was expecting so much more. The only thing I’d possibly suggest is it might be an idea to under promise and over deliver.
I wasn’t won over by the album but it has some decent touches. Their best moments are on Why You Are So Awful, Contagious Ignorance, Forgotten Man’s Friend and Beatnik Acoustic they certainly shine and show a bit of promise. These four songs could be released as an EP to create a buzz about the band. The rest of the album for me is unimaginative and the remaining songs overall aren’t good enough though maybe they need time to develop. The singing isn’t strong enough for the style and direction they seem to be taking.
The over riding feeling is that The Band of the Eye read the book of rock'n'roll but need to channel more of this confidence into writing better songs. This band aren’t as good as they think they are. It’s their debut album and is available on download only which might tell you what prospective record companies thought about them. Not a bad effort but not for me.
Review by Charlie Brown