South African band Seether's second full length North American release Karma and Effect is a solid album with a number of stand-out songs, including "The Gift" and "I'm the One." Buzzsaw guitars, Shaun Morgan's strong, angry voice, and a uniquely identifiable, gritty sound - there's not a song on this album I don't like.
One can certainly hear Kurt Cobain's influence on tracks like "Remedy" and "Plastic Man," but Morgan's voice is smoother and warmer and it works better on slower and richer tracks such as "Never Leave" and "Tongue."
Often compared to Creed, Seether's sound is less accessible to the masses, its ballads not quite so sticky sweet or "perfect." This band rocks hard and has an energy and exitement that seems to drive each song. I hope they can continue to keep this going in further releases. The less corporate and
over-production this band receives the better. They have just the right amount of pointy sharp edges.