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Well, what can I say... given a free ticket to see Twiddle at The National in Richmond VA, I couldn't resist. So, here I find myself again, wondering whether I actually like this band or not. I will admit that the crowd of beautiful women attending the show is quite appealing. Twiddle seems to know how to draw the ladies in but is this enough to keep my attention or let's be honest distract me for long enough?
After getting my thoughts together, I decided to keep my mind as open as possible and just let the music speak for itself, not let my preconceived notion's of Twiddle get in the way of actually hearing the compositions and the music itself. Twiddle just isn't my style. Mahali's vocals just don’t do it for me (It reminds me of Dave Matthews.) The island sound has been done before and frankly, better. I say all this not to bash Twiddle but to better understand my musical tastes.
I (100%) see the merit and musical talent of this band; I think I finally understand the uplifting message and positive vibes Twiddle relays to their audience and fans. I truly enjoyed and was impressed with, the improvisational and jam elements that Twiddle represents and I found myself dancing pretty hard at times but not enough to get past the cheesy essentials of their song writing or the elements that don't seem to fit well together. I can totally see and understand why so many people love this band and why many say they are the next big “thing.” Just not for me. I still don't think I would pay to see Twiddle but if they come around and someone offered me a free ticket or they are playing a festival that I am covering, I'll check them out again. I'm always willing to give bands like Twiddle another chance because I can see something in them, like a diamond in the rough, let's just see if they can polish it.
Honestly and Respectfully,
Jam Band Purist
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Editor: Robert (R.A.) Fadley
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