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Blade of Grass

Radio Sampler EP

Review by Gary Hill

This four track EP features music that’s entertaining and mainstream, but also quite varied. It runs the gamut from jam band sounds to reggae and even some punk rock. Yet, it all manages to seem cohesive and it’s all effective. It would be great to hear more from these guys, but this is a good start.

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Track by Track Review
Who You Gonna Run To

Acoustic guitar opens this and it grows out like a classic rock ballad. This feels like it would have been very happy living on rock radio in the 1970s. There is a rocking section, but it returns to the mellower one.

Dance to the Radio
The rhythm section opens this in a smoking hot jam that is so tasty and classic that it’s almost scary. From there we get a jam with a bit of punk and ska built into it, alongside a jam band, classic rock texture. This is a real screamer. At various points in the cut different sounds dominate. There are even some sections with Jerry Garcia like guitar soloing leading the way.
Belizean Girl
A mellower groove, there’s plenty of classic rock on this quirky little number. Still, it’s arguably the most unusual thing here. It’s hard to pinpoint in terms of style, yet it’s still catchy and intriguing.
Covela
This reggae tune calls to mind Madness or early Police. It’s another strong piece and another great slice of classic sound. In fact, they shift it towards more typical classical rock for a little interlude. The bass line on this song is particularly noteworthy, just pounding away like crazy.
 
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