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The Raz Band

No. 9

Review by Gary Hill

This new set from Raz Band has a lot of retro rock sound in the mix. The group's sort of slightly left-of-center element is on display, too. This includes the studio album along with a bonus disc of live recordings.

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Track by Track Review
Breadline Love
Although there is a more modern hard rock edge to it, the main guitar riff on this is rooted heavily in old-school rock and roll. This is an energized piece with some classic hooks.
I Got This
Another set in a old-school rock vein, this is closer to something like BTO. It works pretty well, but does have a bit of an awkward edge to it.
Curveball
This isn't a big change. It has more of an alternative rock vibe, but informed by old school rock music. There are some hints of reggae in the tune.
In the Meantime
The vocal arrangement on this works really well. There are some cool guitar fills built into it, as well. This is one of the more effective pieces here.
Coming at You
I love the meaty and energetic rocking groove that opens this number. This song has a bit of a gritty, punk intensity and edge to it.
The Winds of Time
There is plenty old-school rock and roll built into this thing, too.
Let Me Tell You
More of a dreamy power ballad type cut, there is a lot of Beatles-like sound here. This is a cool tune.
Call Me Raz
This explains where the name "Raz" comes from. It dates back to Michael Rescigno's childhood. This is a bouncy, slightly odd, but catchy, tune.
The Times Together
A harder rocking tune, there is a real punk rock edge to this thing. It makes me think of DOA, just a bit.
Nipple Town
This punk rocker makes me think of the Ramones' "Happy Family" quite a bit.
Dirt
This classy and dramatic rocker is another that makes me think of DOA. It's also one of the highlights of the set.
Bonus Disc

            

#9 Live N More
         
Coming At You

I think I like this live version better than the studio take of the song. It has some cool alternative rock charms in this performance.

Curveball
This one works pretty well here, but I think I prefer the studio take on this one.
Nipple Town
The live version of this tune is effective, but I definitely think the studio take is stronger.
The Winds of Time
I'm not overly crazy about this tune, particularly in this live version.
The Boy
Now, this cool cut has tasty. There are some definite edges of psychedelia to it that really bring some magic to it.
Say Ya Love Me
I like the punky edge of this cut. It rocks well, making it one of the highlights of the bonus disc.
Back in the Shadows
I love the soaring guitar fills on this cut. The tune has a rocking edge that has hints of space rock in it. This is actually one of the highlights of the whole set.
 
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