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Wooster Sang

Wooster Sang

Review by Gary Hill

In a mode that is both modern and nostalgic this is a very good rock album. At times various influences show through, most notably Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes, but in many ways, Wooster Sang has their own particular flavor. If you like modern music with elements of the classic `70`s sounds, this album will certainly entertain you.

Wooster Sang is Craig Zund, Peter Farrell, Racine Romaguera and Steve DeLuca. For ordering info, check out the Wooster Sang website at www.woostersang.com.

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Track by Track Review
Make You Mine
After a hard edged, psychedelically tinged intro, the piece takes on a retro sort of feel a bit in the vein of Lenny Kravitz. The cut has a great vintage organ-based sound.
Nothing
A fast paced acoustic guitar dominated intro leads to a strong rock number that is both modern in texture and rooted in classic rock tradition. Again a bit in the mode of Kravitz, "Nothing" features more retro organ sounds and a pretty and sedate outro.
Altered Eyes
This is a potent alternative rock song.
Roof Top
Featuring a bluesy intro, complete with harmonica, this rocker is modern with both alternative and bluesy overtones.
Skeezin'
A wonderfully quirky tone makes up the melody of this tune. This is a powerfully arranged composition that works considerably well. The instrumental section on this one is quite progish.
One In A Million
This pretty ballad is very Lenny Kravitzish in tone, style and structure.
Time Passes
A straightforward rock intro and verse segments are joined by a robust retro-based chorus. Some moments of this cut are quite funky.
Main St. Days
A considerably funky intro begins this tune, which is quite strong. Balancing both modern and classic rock elements, this one includes a mellow bridge to counter the harder edged tone of the rest of the piece.
Can't Remember
A bit Black Crowesish, this is another potent song that combines the modern and retro sounds.
Kick The Can
Very intriguing, this quirky cut is quite jazzy and features an acoustic guitar/spoken word segment. The strongest composition on this album, it also includes a wonderful organ solo.
Overlake
This strong rock ballad begins with a pretty acoustic guitar section. This one makes an entertaining ending for a considerably competent album.
 
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