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Classic Album Review: David Usher | Morning Orbit

The Moist frontman's sophomore solo set is an indecisive, self-indulgent offering.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Exactly what does David Usher want? It’s hard to tell from the Moist singer’s indecisive second solo album Morning Orbit.

On the one hand, you’ve got plenty of Brit-poppy melodies, radio-ready hooks and pretty-boy pictures — hell, the album even comes with a poster of David! So it’s pop stardom he’s after, right? Well, not so fast. Scattered among these 11 cuts are metallic post-grunge guitars and glammy flourishes that add a darker sheen to tracks like Alone in the Universe and Too Close to the Sun. But rip-roaring rocker isn’t how he sees himself either, judging by the introspective nature of most of these troubadourishly confessional tracks. Ultimately, all the genre-hopping ends up cancelling itself out, and you end up with a bunch of half-baked tunes that are neither fish nor foul, and aren’t strong enough to defend themselves. Frankly, I’m not even sure he’s totally committed to this solo career thing — at least three members of Moist lend a hand on this affair, along with Snow and members of I Mother Earth, Tragically Hip and The Tea Party. Thing is, even all their help can’t turn the self-indulgent Morning Orbit into something worth getting out of bed for.