The Tryout: Mad Season
No new releases really caught my eye so I decided to go with an old, overlooked favorite. Mad Season was a "superband" formed in 1994 by members of the Seattle grunge movement, most notable Alice in Chains' Layne Staley and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready. "River of Deceit" is one of my favorite songs of all-time and the rest of the album grows on you. I wasn't a huge fan when I first listened to it but the songs really grew on me. The sequencing of the album is a little strange. "X-Ray Mind" is kind of a throwaway song; I would probably swap it with "I Don't Know Anything"
It's a very interesting first album and I really wish we had had a chance to hear a second take by these guys. Alas it never materialized and Layne Staley passed away in 2002.