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Alastor Nothing For Anyone CD Cover
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(02 April 2000) Atlanta-based traditional rock and roll band Alastor contactedMusical Discoveries following our coverage of Sue G. Wilkinson's recordings. Their latest album, Nothing For Anyone, isanother self-produced recording with eight tracks featuring the vocal work andsongwriting of Elizabeth Elkins. Alastor's music is not the type that typicallyattracts Musical Discoveries' editors but we found their two albums a goodlisten and serving to expand our coverage of emerging artists in the rock andpop genre. In addition to lead vocals, Elizabeth also plays guitars while Scott Roberts plays drums, gutars and an occasional bass part along withbacking vocals. The third band member is Brillo who is responsible forbass guitar parts.

In an earlier review of the ablum, Hal Horowitz wrote, "Crooning, shouting,purring, and sometimes even singing, like an uncomfortable combination of PJHarvey, Kim Deal and Patti Smith, Alastor's singer, songwriter, guitarist,frontwoman Elizabeth Elkins demands your attention. And she'll grab it oneway or another." He continues, "On their second album, Elikins and her strippeddown rhythm section, which includes the multi-talented Scott Roberts on drums,guitars and bass, backpedal to the late '80s when the Pixies (whose "Debaser"Alastor covers on one of their latest album's two extra hidden tracks), werechallenging the mainstream with their mainstream with their controlled melodicfury."

The band's debut album Javelin Catcher from 1996 was produced by theband with Ed Burdell. We found the sound of the album simpler, a bit moremelodic, and the vocal work generally softer and clearer.Horowitz also wrote, "Elkins is less musically agressive than Black Francis and his merry men, but she pushes the same buttons. With crafty tempo changes adding to a slightly funky backbeat, Elkins' tunes like "American Universities" beckon you in while simulateously keeping the listener at bay with murky lyrics like "twenty words are hanging in the still white air" which sound like they mean something, although it's impossible to fathom that." You can find samples at the band'smp3.com website.

Alastor's sound revolves around thick electric guitar and the no nonsensesinging style of Elizabeth Elkins. While she certainly can sing, she hasa distinctively hard edge, certainly contrasting her physical appearance (see the band's website forphotos). They must be a wonderful live act.Those interested in a sharp contrast to much of the music typicallyreviewed here should pay the band a visit and check out one of the band'swebsites for audio samples. Talented musicians, their two self-produced recordings are worth exploring and a nice listen!

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