It's baaaaaaaaaack. But don't get too excited, fledgling musicians, because so is Seth Combs and a slew of other acerbic music writers entrusted with rendering judgment on 118 local demos, EPs and albums. This, the fifth edition of the Great Demo Review, is a critical gauntlet (or, in some cases, firing squad), intended to weigh and measure the best (and worst) music created by San Diegites, uh, San Diegones, er, local musicians.
We promised to give each and every CD a fair listen and an honest appraisal. We did not, however, mention anything about always playing nice. To be sure, not every album survived our analytical maelstrom intact. But those that did—and earned praise, if not coveted “Extraspecialgood” status, in the process—can hold their heads high now that the dust has settled.
We sincerely hope that those who received a less-than-favorable response will use our criticisms as motivation to wow us with their next project. In lieu of that, we at least implore them to refrain from firebombing our offices. For your part, we simply hope you enjoy reading about the following triumphs and tragedies of local music. (“MS” = myspace.com)