The String Cheese Incident

Rating: 37/100

Reviewed by: Peter Laursen, August '05
Label: InsideOut Music
Style: Jam Rock

One Step Closer

Jam rock is a phenomenon, which in USA alone, already has a well established audience of millions. The String Cheese Incident is a high calibre act from an emerging genre that takes it's cues from The Grateful Dead, blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, folk and rock 'n' roll, - it's difficult to categorize jam rock - but I can tell you right away, that The String Cheese Incident isn't hard rock or heavy metal!

For me as a metal fan The String Cheese Incident is a bitter disappointment! The music is a mix of "relaxed country blues" on "Big Compromise", jazz style on "Rainbow Serpent" and Caribbean influenced on "Betray in the Dark", and when I listen to track 7: "Drive" - then Dire Straits comes to mind. The music is well crafted; no doubt about that, but this kind of music just doesn't do much for me!

If jam rock is your thing, then check these websites out: and and do take a listen to this album as well ... to all others - listen carefully before buying!

Recommended track: “Swampy Waters"