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| 18 March 2013 | Reply


Label: Razor & Tie

Release Date: March 19, 2013

Rating: 8.5/10

Reviewed by: ToddStar

I never know what to expect when I listen to a release from Razor & Tie Records, but so glad I listened to this disc.  “Pour A Little Poison” opens this disc with a slice of Americana.  This seems to be the genre of the month, but this track really embraces the sound and comes across well.  “The Ballad of Miss Lilly” is next and has a flavor to it that makes one think of a great creole sound that adds a little spice to the musical meal.  This also has a cool guitar solo during the break that keeps this grounded.  “Isn’t It Strange?” slows the pace to almost a crawl.  This track really allows the vocals to jump and create the mood while showing how simple a song can be without all of the effects and toys some artists use in the studio.  “Let It Burn” kicks the energy back up a couple notches with the same great vibe that opened the disc.  The vocals on this track standout against the solid playing from the musicians.  “Philadelphia Boy” brings the tempo down, but through the vocals, cool piano treatment, and lyrics, this song may be more impactful than any other track on the disc.  The piano is as key to the telling of the story as the vocals.

“Moving On” is along the same lines of the previous track, with a great vocal laced nicely over a great mellow track.  The track brings the rest of the band back into the mix, and it helps make this track shine.  “What’s Not to Love?” is a hauntingly beautiful ballad.  The piano stands out on this track, but the rest of the instrumentation really adds to the song, as it helps build the vocal up.  Without listening to the lyric, you have a feel for the meaning of the track.  “Perfect Soul” is more Americana that shines through from the first note of the track through the last.  The guitar work is cool and creates a fun groove that is enhanced by the horn arrangement.  This is another of my favorites on the disc.  “Throwaway”  slows the pace back down to an acoustic piece that features the vocals we have come to know on this disc, along with a simple and sweet guitar interlude underneath those vocals.  This is a nice way to start wrapping up the disc and continue to show the diversity of the disc.  “Every Time” closes the disc with the same piss and vinegar that graced the opening track.  The sound is permeating modern rock and this artist has marked his territory within the genre with this disc.


Category: CD Reviews

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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