ill - Gotten Gains
ill mainman Ryan Waters may be better known for his work with Sade, but this little pet project of his is a touch different... Huge Southern stoner grooves are the order of the day on debut offering Gotten Gains, although the unusually strong use of melody throughout the album hints at his pop sideline. The problem is, it all sounds rather familiar and, if I'm being honest, lacking much excitement. The stoner rock formula is an easy one to lock into, and with a few exceptions, Gotten Gains blindly follows all the stereotypes.
The morose 'Christine' heads back more towards the angsty 90s grunge scene à la Soundgarden, whilst the awful 'Gold And Opal' tries too hard and falls too short of ripping off modern day Radiohead. ill have come up with a very listenable album in Gotten Gains that is pleasant enough to bop along to, but is instantly forgettable as soon as the music fades. Even the bonus cover of Sade's 'Pearls' at the end becomes lost in the uniformity of those well-trod stoner riffs.