When you want to appear tormented, fucked-up, broken, desperate, disparate, whatever you cant do it half-assed. Thats the real problem for Cole Guerra. No matter how stamped on, walked over and beaten up hes been, its just not enough. This guy wants to sound like David Gray and Keane and Neutral Milk Hotel all wrapped as a stick-to-your-shoe gummy confection. True torment doesnt have female backing vocals. Broken-down songwriters dont write hooks, they hang from them. Maybe Cole Guerra wants to find the happy medium between weep and radio airplay, but didnt John Maher, Jason Mraz and Howie Day all try that? It sucked then and it sucks now.
L.M. Smith writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to [email protected].