Picks and Pans Review: Big Plans for Everybody
With all the electronic paraphernalia available to today's musicians, albums on which one man plays all or nearly all the instruments have become commonplace. Rarely do such megalomaniacal projects sound as good as the latest from Let's Active. Once a trio, Let's Active has boiled down to Mitch Easter and his manifold talents as writer, musician, producer and engineer. The most striking facet of Big Plans For Everybody is Easter's unabashed debt to rock traditions. Clear echoes of such predecessors as the Kinks, T. Rex and the Beatles are recognizable throughout. But Easter displays his own strong style on the powerful Whispered News and Talking to Myself, mixing strong backbeats with subtle and varied melodies. Easter's voice is thin but genial; his guitar playing is at times barbed, at times mellifluous, always attractive. Recorded at Easter's Drive In Studio in Winston-Salem, N.C., Big Plans isn't as brash as most contemporary rock music, but it still manages to reverberate in a listener's mind. (I.R.S.)
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