SIMON COLLINS U-Catastrophe (Razor & Tie) Rating: NN
Rock star spawn are always judged extra-skeptically, and some might say it's unfair. But growing up privileged with access to the best instruments and studios - not to mention deal-ready labels - means those fortunate sons and daughters must prove they have something to say and are not just capitalizing on a last name.
Simon Collins, son of Phil, makes it even tougher on himself by singing, playing piano and doing the drumming, exactly like his iconic father. While his overstated concern for the cosmic well-being of our planet is an admirable message on his 60-minute third album, the music to bolster it is largely innocuous. From the Alice in Chains hard rock of All I've Left To Lose to the Genesis-like Unconditional and Us (Love Transcends), Collins struggles to find a sound of his own, leaving us unconvinced that anything other than his name would propel U-Catastrophe.