by Paul Smith
PA Music Scene.com
Sherri and Shane Mullen take a trip through the many facets of Americana with Country, Rock, and Roots along for the ride.
“Don’t Judge Me” kicks off the set of 15 cuts that can’t be judged or categorized until the last chord because each one is different. In “Sweet Sleep”, Sherri channels Evenescence’s Amy Lee while Shane provides the counterpunch with underlying vocals. Several songs begin with familiar riffs and lyrics but, as the “Strange Symmetry” title suggests, are not the songs you might first think of. Case in point is “Roses On My Grave” which has a sound and feel of the Stone’s “Wild Horses”. “No Apology” is “Welcome To My Nightmare” meets “Welcome To the Jungle” with Sherri belting out Grace Slick style vocals.
Other songs in the set carve out a more laid back sound with lovely harmonies, acoustic guitars, harmonica, and a piano put to good use. There are way too many influences to pinpoint but suffice it to say that the SM2 and the band, which includes Doug Stockton on base, Dave Kelly on slide and electric guitars, Kevin Hagan on drums, and Ray Rossi on percussion, is up to the task. “Are We Having Fun Yet”? Yes, I believe they are and it’s contagious.
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