"Trip to the 13th" (Sony; 2001)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Bliss 66 would be considered modern rock more than anything else; perhaps along the lines of Third Eye Blind and Matchbox 20 but with their own sound. This sextet combines great harmonies with smooth singing and keeps the guitar flowing.

Although there is a definite stylistic approach to their music, they still rock. They have great harmonies and the guitar is more in the vein of good hooks than ripping right through you. It works on a different level since this was released just before the post-grunge era ... and timing is everything in music.

The guitars here can be aggressive at times but fits well with each song. Sometimes, they can crunch like Collective Soul and the Goo Goo Dolls but at others they can also bring in a mood like Train. It's enough of a musical ride that you might want to take it.

The best songs on the album are, "Paramount," "Sooner Or Later," and "Letting Go."

Bliss 66: Cheyenne Goff, vocals; Aaron James Schossau, guitars; Bob Cook, drums; Jordan Barnett, keyboards/background vocals; Don Patty, bass; Glen Ballard, keyboards & guitars.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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