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12 Songs In 12 Minutes! Tony Molina's "Dissed & Dismissed"

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12 Songs in 12 minutes… Is “Dissed And Dismissed” a success? If you had asked me before listening to Tony Molina that an album with twelve songs in twelve minutes would flow and feel like a single work then I probably would have laughed in your face. “Dissed and Dismissed” manages to do just that. By combining the 90s rock sound of Weezer with the occasional riff which would not be out of place in a Thin Lizzy song, Tony Molina has created something completely different. There is no argument that he has been successful in making something new. But the argument still remains whether I like it. The odd mix of sounds, the difficulty of occasionally hearing the vocals, and simply the length of the album brings up problems. It is not an album that you can listen to in the background. The changes between songs are jarring and often disruptive. Each individual song has its flaws. “Nothing I Can Do” is monotonous, “Spoke Too Soon” is too dark and “Walk Away” is repetitive. None of them can be released as singles as they are simply too short. The length means that each song has no catchy chorus and actually aren’t that memorable on their own. But by far the most frustrating thing about the album is the feedback and distortion which start 8 of the 12 songs. On a longer album this is absolutely fine, but in a shorter one it is frustrating being subjected to 3 or 4 seconds of noise every minute or so. It hides the creativity that we all know Tony Molina has. I can tell you’re all waiting for the ‘but’…. But, despite its flaws, it is an enjoyable piece to listen to. The youthfulness and energy in the album come through in leaps and bounds and will leave you tapping your feet and nodding your head. Having short songs means that the energy is transferred fast from one song to the other and at the end of a breathless twelve minutes you want more. And that’s what makes it an utterly addictive album. You need to listen to it again and again because twelve minutes of Tony Molina is not enough. This really is a marmite album. Those who are passionate about the technical side of music will hate its repetitiveness and chord structure. Those who are passionate about energy and feeling will love its fast-paced action and the way it grabs your attention. Give it a listen. You might be pleasantly surprised. Written by Ollie Samuels

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