The Ballad of the Nameless
Label: Eleven Seven Music
Scooter Ward opens these Florida post-grungers' fifth album deeply crooning an industrially clanked lament about how we live in a wicked world (which actually sounds like "Wiki world," ha ha). Later, he shouts out Elvis, Lennon and Sinatra. But the album's overriding theme seems to be tragic female entertainers, definitely in "American Dream" (featuring a pill-popping Hollywood starlet with relatives in rehab), and possibly also in "Emily" (who loses her voice and mind), "So Long June" (which begins with sirens and involves a loaded gun), "Delivering the Saint," and "Flight of the Superstar."