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The production and dumbed down songwriting of this album is slightly disappointing, unless of course you are a classic rock fan. You can clearly hear influence of early rock bands like Led Zeppelin, both on production, and songwriting. With drumming that is very evocative of Bonzo and very thin, vintage guitar tones. The album, just as EP and all Faraquet material before it, has a very raw and uncut feel to it. Not raw in St. Anger “we didn’t even try” sense, but more along lines of a live recording, band sounds tight, but you can still pick out playing nuances of each member, giving band a very ‘real’ sound. If you’re sick of pro-tools albums, this just might fit your prescription. (Pun intended, zing)
I think classic rock influence shines strongest on albums 9th track, I am Harvest opening feedback drops into a guitar riff that just screams Jimmy Page from miles away. You can almost see band performing it in your head, after nearly 2 minutes of introduction guitar noodling, vocals finally enter and guitar takes a much needed break. The drumming really takes over on this track, as guitar feedbacks during verses and allows drums and bass to dictate rest of song.
Your favorite people all in one place may not be a bold step into uncharted territory for this DC trio, but there’s nothing wrong with a slow evolution. The music is solid and band still appeals to their core fans while managing to remain fresh and interesting.
Chris Elkjar is the founder of 'trust.me' an online music magazine. He spends all of his spare time immersed in music, be it writing reviews, interviews with leading bands or writing his own music.
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