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Shake It On Down

Review by Gary Hill

This EP is an intriguing release. It has a lot of alternative rock along with roots music and more. There is a bit of an unpolished edge to it. Rather than a problem, though, that's one of the charms of this. Imperfection makes it real. This is an entertaining set with a decent range.

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Track by Track Review
Shake It On Down

They start the set with the title track. It powers out with a nearly metallic energy. The tune reminds me a lot of something Cracker might do. This is modern and yet old school at the same time. It's a cool rocker that does a great job of drawing the listener in to the whole thing. The guitar solo is particularly noteworthy.

Devil In Me

There is a bit of 1960s rock vibe to this thing. It's good stuff, too. It's just a bit different flavor. It has almost a psychedelic rock edge.

Court Jester
I really dig the bluesy slide guitar that starts this thing. Bluesy rock merges with some psychedelic elements makes up the concept here. That said, there is even a bit of punk rock oriented jam later in the number in a fast paced reprise.
My Own Fantasy
This powers in almost heavy metal in tone and sound. A college alternative rock sound dominates this piece.
Yes Man
There is a lot of punk rock and other stuff going on with this number. It's a smoking hot rocker that's tastefully rough around the edges.
Time To Heal
More of a melodic rocker, this isn't far removed from a singer/songwriter ballad.
 
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