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Until The Sun

A Night at the Rhythm Room

Review by Gary Hill

This live disc from Until the Sun has some really strong music. I'd say that the biggest draws for their music are the stellar vocal performances of Alyssa Swartz and the stunning guitar work of Brandon Teskey. Beyond that everything here is solid, but it does have a tendency toward feeling a little samey. Those two aspects, though, always manage to elevate it.

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Track by Track Review
Battle Cry
Starting with a rather stripped back arrangement, the powerhouse vocals really sell this. The cut gets into some mellower music mid-track, and they even bring some funk to the table at times on this.
The 4th Turning
A bit mellower tune, this is another solid blues rocker. It features a guitar solo section that gets into some seriously technical territory. That part of the cut is purely on fire.
Hell of a Thing
Killer blues guitar brings this into being. This is a traditional electric blues song that is so meaty and cool. This has some meaty guitar soloing built into it.
Death In Disguise
Another blues rocker, this one is solid, but not as effective as the pieces that have preceded it. Still, it does have a powerful vocal performance.
Diamonds in the Dust
There is a real Jimi Hendrix meets Kiss vibe on the introduction here. The cut works out to more of the bluesy rock we expect from there. There is an extended classy guitar solo section on this.
The guitar solo section on this really stands out. Beyond that, this feels a bit like more of the same. It's solid taken by itself, but in the midst of the other music here it gets a little lost.
At Last

A slow moving blues grind, the vocal performance is the real selling point on this number. The singing her is among the best of the album, and that says a lot.

Less blues, there is an echoey, feedback laden vibe to a lot of this. The cut has some powerful guitar and vocal performances really driving it. This is another highlight of the disc.
Burning Home
Here we get another tune that's solid, but not a standout.
Whole Lotta Love
This cover of the Lad Zeppelin classic brings some different vibes to portions of the cut, particularly the guitar soloing, while preserving quite a bit of the magic of the original.
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