Adventures in Boredom


    Have you ever thought about the placement of songs on a CD? How carefully do you think the order is planned? Take your favorite albums of all time. Now pick your favorite tracks. Do they tend to fall in a similar place as other albums?


    I’ll equate this to the only think I can equate anything to: skateboarding. In a successful skateboard video, the second best segment is shown at the beginning. After that comes the fourth best part. Why? Because you want to grab your audience, but still leave a little surprise for the end. The end is reserved for the best segment compiled.

    But a CD isn’t like that. More often than not, the listener will listen to a few songs and move on to something else. A CD has to grab listeners right away, so they’ll want to hear the rest. More often than not, I’ve noticed that tracks one and three are the hammers, the songs that grab you and sell you on the album. From there, it’s anybody’s guess as to what goes where, but it’s usually wise to save a gem for later, maybe around track 6 or 7, just to remind the listener that your band kicks ass.

    With Adventures in Boredom, recently released by F.o.N., the songs blend together too well to prove or disprove the aforementioned formula. After the first listen, I thought these would be the guys who would make friends with Bad Religion’s kids, just so that they could come over to swim in Bad Religion’s pool.

    The real hoopla about this band is coming from their 14-year-old percussionist Ilan Rubin, who, if Internet rumors are to be believed, is one of the best up-and-coming drummers in the business. Apparently, he joined F.o.N., which stands for Freak of Nature, when he was only seven.

    They have a thick, full sound — and they better, with seven guys in the band. For seven guys, though, it’s suprisingly clean. The dual vocals have good harmonies, and even the keyboard work is tastefully delicate. But the songs tend to all blend together, creating a pleasant, but sometimes dull listen. Adventures in Boredom? Aptly titled.

    – 2002

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