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Daisy Jones and The Six: Another cover band stuck on the same tune

Daisy Jones and the Six is an adequate adaptation of a fictional band, with the bell bottom pants, frayed jeans and peasant blouses. It feels like the 70s, but it’s missing the energy.


 


The explosive fire, all up in your face, the lightning strike of a frontman like Mick Jagger, or the mannerism of Jim Morrison. The power of music. Russell Hammond said it best in the movie Almost Famous. When William Miller asks him? What do you love about music? He responds with "to begin with everything.”


 


In Daisy Jones and the Sixx, the fictional band rarely fights, the parties seem to be boring, and living in a tour van seems like a dream. A rose-tinted glass reality for most of the 70s musicians. Who lived out of their cars when they were trying to make it. The band feels fictional, carried by Sam Claflin's good looks. Unlike the fictional band Stillwater, The  Sixx lacks charisma and excitement. 


 


The first two episodes give us a sense of the band. Kids are growing up in Pittsburgh, trying to make it out in LA. A missing father figure is fuelling their rage. Somehow as the series progresses, the fire runs out. The kids go from hard-working to mediocre. 


 


Drugs, alcohol, and rock and roll consume their life, yet it's hardly believable as viewers only glimpse Billy Dunne’s loneliness. The Sixx fall into a tired cliche of rehab and redemption. One that unravels in the third episode when viewers see Daisy and Billy singing. Honeycomb, with Jones telling Dunne. It’s a simple song, and you don’t look like a simple man”.


 


 


The band glosses over the problems, Dunne’s rehab stint, his daughter, his love of Camilla, and Karen’s commitment issues. It all seems to come secondhand. The show follows a similar format to the book.  Viewers get access to the band through flashbacks and present-day interviews. 


 


Jones is a lively character Riley Keough puts it all on the table. She portrays a strong, independent woman. Tired of being a random guy's muse, she has opinions and is a firecracker from head to toe, with untameable wild red hair and a wanderlust of spirit. 


 


Jones bleeds music, unlike the other characters. She has struggles, loneliness in spades and a terrible childhood. Penny Lane said it best in the movie Almost Famous. “If you ever get lonely, visit your friends at the record store.”


 


Keough’s and Claflin’s chemistry is palpable; it is built through time A slow burn, one of those will they won’t they couples with explosive chemistry. Here’s to hoping this two can bring the fire of wanting what you can’t have. 


 


We can see the exact moment in their first songwriting session when Billy goes from being annoyed by his new collaborator to being irretrievably in love with her. “ said the Hollywood Reporter.


 


Bands come with a certain rawness, grit and edge. So far, Daisy Jones and the Sixx hasn’t delivered the rock and roll spirit to its viewers. It seems to be more like another Fleetwood Mac cover band stuck on the same tune. 


 


“It may not be an earth-shattering, era-defining original like Aurora supposedly was. But it plays like a pretty solid cover of a tune we’ve heard before,” said Angie Han, writer at the Hollywood Reporter.


 


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