cd reviews - May 30, 2013
This band has really continued
to grow on me with their last album Rocket Surgery getting plenty of play
on the radio waves here and often appearing in the top 10 listings each
week. This newest work continues along the same path that we were exposed
to with their previous album and our first taste from this band. The classic
gothabilly sound remains the anchor for the music on this album spanning
a dozen excellent tracks.
The album kicks off with a real classic sounding piece
really going back a few decades in style with "Spinning". The
overall mood of the 50's classic rock sound mixed with a modern twist
makes a great combination as Mollie's vocals really add that final touch.
The mood and styles vary as usual across the entire album. There are definitely
some favorites on this album, some with that harder rock and goth influence
while others bring out the dreamy ethereal side. Other selections on the
album will still be loved by fans depending on their favorite style and
taste, but overall production, composition and performance is excellent.
For the purposes of this review I'll just touch on a
few favorites. The aforementioned track that starts the album off is definitely
a favorite, having grown up in a family where we had dozens of records
from all the classics from The Beatles to Johnny Cash, this piece fits
right in with long-time favorites from the time I first remember listening
to, recognizing and enjoying music. "All Tomorrow's Promises"
follows in similar fashion though with a heavier beat for more of a moving
track. A littel bit later "See You in Hell" gets on the heavy,
deep groove that would fit perfectly alongside some of the more modern
renditions of "Ghost Riders in the Sky", making this a definite
favorite on this album. "There & Back" is a nice little
mostly instrumental piece that also mixes well with this overall style
of classic rock and country with a modern twist. As the album starts to
wind down "In Too Deep" impresses with it's excellent style,
accentuated and solidified with the dreamy vocals.
Those are just a few of the highlights and there are
still plenty of other excellent pieces that the listener will have to
check out to fully experience the diversity of this album. I highly recommend
it to any listener that enjoys the classics referenced as well as anyone
into the gothabilly style, definitely pick it up and enjoy!
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