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West of Corey

Big Ass Deal

Review by Gary Hill

This new EP features three songs that are all just about perfect. I think that it would perhaps be a stronger set if the track order were just a little different, but then again a lot of people these days just listen to a song or two at a time, anyway. The bluesy hard rock on this is classic and yet still edgy. The female vocals are particularly potent, too.

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Track by Track Review
All Alone
Piano leads this out of the gate. As the guitar and other instruments join it feels a bit like heavy metal. Once it drops to the verse section we're taken into a bluesy rocking zone. This is full on class. The number builds with the mainstream rock, metal edges and killer hooks all combining in a nearly perfect way.
Big Deal
Bass starts this track with a cool little riff. Guitar joins after a while, showing off a cool riff and crunch. The song builds from there into more of a classic hard rocking arrangement. This one has some hints of metal, too. It's another powerhouse tune. It actually reminds me to some degree of Doro's music - hook laden and yet heavy and meaty.
Tears On My Sleeve
A ballad closes the disc. The bass work on this really shines, but it's all about the potent vocal performance, really. My only issue with this song is that I think it might have worked better in between the other two tunes. It would have presented some contrast for the two more rocking pieces, and I think a more intense tune might provide a stronger ending.
 
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