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| 23 October 2014 | Reply


Label: Independent

Release Date: September 23, 2014

Rating: 8/10

Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

If you like your rock a little on the fried side… Southern fried side, that is, then the new EP from Stolen Rhodes might just be what you are looking for.  “Keeps Us Alive” starts off a bit slow, but give a little time and it warms up like a car engine on a freezing winter morning.  The vocals, guitars, and rhythm section all blend well to create a cool tempo’d rocker.  “Gone” shows a bit more of the influences within the bands members, but this is not your typical Southern fried rock.  This track has some quirks and sounds that come from below the Mason-Dixon line, but the attitude is all hard rock.  “50 Miles To Richmond” is the token ballad-like track on the disc that shows a more introspective and softer side of the band without getting too mushy or straying too far from the path the band is forging for itself.  “Down In Flames” goes back to the Southern sound and style of “Gone,” but without the harder edge.  The drums and bass anchor the track while the vocals carry the chorus.  The bonus is the different guitar solos and riffs peppered throughout the track.  “Life Was Never Finer” has a fun groove and vibe that wraps the bands attitude into a cool rocker that demonstrates another facet of the bands ability, demonstrates heir diversity, and keeps them from being pigeonholed to any one genre.

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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