Jody Seabody & The Whirls are a great example of the old adage that the sum doesn’t always equal the whole. The Houston-based group offers up a very interesting sound. It’s most deeply rooted in 70s psychedelic rock and early 90s grunge, but there are ample notes of earlier punk, garage rock, folk, prog rock, and even jam bands. And there are some good ideas throughout the album. “You Always Come In Twos” is the closest to sticking to a sound, with its 70s AOR sound, and it mostly hits that style well. However, when looking at the big picture, most of Holographic Slammer is a mess. The hooks don’t work well; the psychedelic parts are average at best, and the longer the song, the less it works. It’s the type of thing that is proud of being eclectic, and it should be because this rather unique mix of sounds is definitely a good idea. However, on the underwhelming whole, it just doesn’t cut it.

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