Scatteredtrees Songs for My Grandfather

It’s unfortunate that bands like Scatteredtrees don’t take more time to develop their sound and experiment with songwriting before they record a whole album of repetitive, easy-listening rock. If they’re looking for radio hits, their songs aren’t strong enough to compete with the Frays and the Hedleys out there. And if they’re looking for some underground cred, any indie kid knows Cuff the Duke can do these songs 87 times better. But maybe I’m being harsh. "Poor Man’s Suit” could rock a lonely old man to sleep on a Friday night and the folksy swagger of "Cigarettes” does no wrong; it just doesn’t do much right. It’s like a 15-year-old playing Neil Young covers — sometimes these stages of musical evolution are just not meant to be documented. (Independent)