Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Review of Prisoner of Television's Art Obscene

Prisoner of Television is a self-produced, one-man project of James Mitchell. It is a project in which he does vocals, guitars, drum programming, bass, keyboards, and sampling.

It's a throwback to early 90's alt-rock in which you had Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Alice in Chains, Megadeth...all of these bands you can hear some influences with on this album.

The album starts off with an intro into Anti-Hate. It's heavily influenced by industrial rock and metal. 

The album does run the gamut of alt-rock...going from industrial on Anti-Hate and Hands and Knees to punk-funk on Swallow the Flame to acoustic rock...almost singer-songwriter on Glow and Columbus Ave.

The highlight of this album is Tide, which is reminiscent of Alice in Chains' "Get Born Again".

The biggest problem with the album though may indeed be Mitchell trying to be the jack of all trades. In taking on the challenge of being a one man show, it hurts both the production of the album and the overall vocals.

The songs have potential, but still sound like rough mixes.

The musical feel that Mitchell is going for is meant to have tight and slick production.

Even Trent Reznor, who's considered a one-man band, needs help from time to time.
Dave Grohl could be a one-man band...but even he needs the Foo Fighters.

Considering that this is a first effort, it's not bad at all. 

I just think that Art Obscene needs a team.

6 out of 10.

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