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Mark Duda

Bodega Flowers

Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed a previous set from Mark Duda and thought it had a lot in common with the Ramones. This albums still has a bit of a punky edge, but it's closer to mainstream rock and singer-songwriter type music. Utopia fans should find this especially interesting because Kasim Sulton plays bass on the disc.

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Track by Track Review
Ambulance Song
Driving hard rock is on the menu here. This has a bit of a punky edge, but it's more along the lines of pure singer songwriter hard-edged rock and roll. It's accessible and classy.
Bodega Flowers
While not a big change, this is a bit less fierce than the previous tune was. It's a solid rocker, though.
A little more of a melodic rocker, this has some solid hooks and plenty of classic rock vibes. There are still some hints of punk in the mix, though.
Avenue A is Dead
As strong as everything else has been, this really ups the ante. This has a punky angle. It makes me think of D.O.A. to some degree. It's a killer rocker.
Hush Money
There are some hints of country on the vocals here at times. This has a mainstream pop rock vibe beyond that. It's got a hard rocking edge to it, too. The guitar solo makes me think of something like Georgia Satellites.
Don't Wanna be Right
A mellower, more balladic tune, this has some more of that country angle at play. It gets more rocking at times, classifying this as a power ballad, though.
Black Eyed Susan
I like the hard rocking grind on this tune a lot. It still manages to be a melodic, accessible pop rocker that has some more melodic sections.
Punky and pop rock based, there is a definite old-school rock and roll vibe to this tune. The saxophone is a nice touch.
My Stash
A punky edge is merged with some vaguely Southern angled rock. This has great hooks and riffing. It's a lot of fun. I'd consider it one of the highlights of the set.
There Goes the Band
A mainstream pop rocking tune, this has some cool saxophone work and a generally tasty arrangement. It also has a very classic sound.
Dead Again
More driving and a little punky, this rocker is all class. It has some old-school rock and roll in the mix, too.

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