Standing In Line
By: Sara Zeno
The youthful exuberance
is infused with an optimism that serves the young band well. Their
debut recording, Standing In Line, is a tight, polished affair
that showcases their alt-rock sensibility.
The Stockton, California
band formed in 1999 and has since garnered attention from many quarters,
including Jewels Soul City Café Music Quest competition.
Shannon Curtis, the female lead singer, has a versatile voice---
she manages to stretch from a husky lower range to a clear high
range that never sounds as if shes overreaching. Tony Edwards,
Kyle Knowlton, Keith Ogden and Steve Stratton complete Paradigm.
The music itself is performed flawlessly, though at times the band
seems dependent on riffs that feel slightly repetitive.
Their best work demonstrates
yearning and uses imagery to good advantage. Want To Be is
about chasing down dreams, even if theyre 180 degrees different
from those of others. But my world spins a different way / Where
Im free to explore and to risk and create.
If Only is almost
a warning to seize whats here, instead of becoming caught
in a web of regret and dissatisfaction: Id be happy shed
say, If only / Stuffs her bag, says its not fun
anymore/The answers gotta be through the next door.
With their cover of Paul
Simons Hazy Shade of Winter, Paradigm smashes through
the song, their energy carrying it to an immediate emotional level.
Jimmy Williams is a fun little number that demonstrates tongue
in cheek wit as it pokes fun at a shallow male. Jimmy Williams
speaks in fairy tales / Has trouble discerning fake and real / He
only talks about himself--- typical male.
Paradigm has such a positive
energy that as they grow and mature as a band, their momentum will
likely carry them to successful heights.