CD REVIEW: The Good Evol - Butterfly Crush
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: The Good Evol
CD: Butterfly Crush
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Ace of Base, Garbage, No Doubt, Pink
Technical Grade: 9/10
Weakness: Lack of Solos & Instrumentation
California based “The Good Evol” just released their latest CD entitled “Butterfly Crush” in 2011. Band members include Natalia Bortolotti (Vocals, Keyboards) and Scotty Smith (Guitar, Bass, Drums). When the band plays live they bring in additional players: Steve Sicular (Guitar), Derek Spreckelmeyer (Keyboards) and Terry Thompson (Drums). The band is known for their high energy live performances,
The CD kicks things off with “Butterfly Crush” a catchy intro piece that sets the stage rather appropriately for this catalogue of music. This first piece explodes in your ears quite like a lemon would explode in your mouth. It has pulsating rhythms, against catchy vocals against a grand mosaic of exotic soundscapes & musical melody. Track 2 entitled “Love Ate My Brain” serves up a steady rock driven groove against pulsating melody & vocal layering that can be described as captivating, mesmerizing & infectious. Track 3 “Do Over” explodes into a kaleidoscope of sound with everything from pulsating keyboard & synthesizer accents, to exotic layers of sound that come at you from every directions. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of Garbage, No Doubt, Pink, Ace of Base, Berlin and even Missing Persons. The music is extremely melodic but definitely brings to the table a lot of musical variety & a degree of unpredictability. You will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere - from rocking rhythm guitar, driving rhythms, synthesizers keyboard accents, & well placed vocal harmonies. The vocal abilities from Bortolotti fill the sonic space quite well & mesh well with this catalogue of music perfectly. He is the perfect vocalist for a band like this. All band members play their parts extremely well song for song & note for note. The sonic overdubbing & mixing is packed to the hilt, & is chopped full of exotic soundscapes that lunge at you from every direction. There's not a dull moment on the entire production. The melodic layering is deep, the sonic ambience is infectious, & the music is rocked out & fun to listen to. From mesmerizing “Mt Future Boyfriend” to hypnotic “Perfectly Flawed” to passionate ”Steps to You” to rocking “Growing up in Public” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Serious Delirious” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses with this CD. I wish I heard a few more solos and maybe some more instruments to make the catalogue seem less repetitive overall. Things like more solos, percussive accents and a Ska-type hornsn would have closed this gap perfectly.
From start to finish Butterfly Crush by “The Good Evol” is a rock solid production. It’s extremely consistent, catchy, original, & very melodic. It’s strength – a total blast to listen to, the songs are extremely catchy & marketable. All songs grab you refusing to let go. All in all The Good Evol combine amazing songwriting, top flight originality, with a mix with rich sonic layering. Make no bones about it these are 2 talented composers & performers. When the ride is over you will want to do it again.