|· A snapshot of musical simplicity.
Although not bad for a first solo effort, Salim Nourallahs Polaroid is less than picture perfect. Lyrically bordering on sappy, vocally comparable to Hayden and Wilcos Jeff Tweedy, Polaroid unfortunately lacks direction. If Nourallah could decide which musical aim he is trying to take, the album would be a lot more enjoyable. Whether its the 1950s Las Vegas palm-trees-and-lounge-inspired "We Did Some Things" or the several takes on 60s-era Beatles, Nourallah comes off as being somewhat schizophrenic. Its as though the singer-songwriter is trying to please everyone or anyone willing to listen.
His attempts at creating musical introspection with depth are weak at best, while other numbers showcase his musical and lyrical sweet tooth. Nourallah may have the right idea for Polaroid, but he still needs to develop the whole picture.