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The Stone Chiefs

Drive On

Review by Gary Hill

This group produces a blend of classic rock, blues and other elements that calls to mind various acts at various points on the disc. Perhaps the most likely comparison is to The Black Crowes, but there’s more than that going on here. All in all, this is an entertaining album that’s both fresh and familiar – and that’s a cool combination.

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Track by Track Review
Drive On

Mellow motifs start this and then the track works out to hard rocking sounds. It has both modern and older rock sounds built into it.

There’s definitely a bluesy sound to this, but also a real classic rock meets grunge texture. It’s another killer cut.
Mate of Mine
The general motifs here aren’t that different from the sounds of the previous number. The guitar solo section later really feels a lot like the Allman Brothers.
Let It Rain
A mellower, melodic piece, this feels a lot like something The Black Crowes might do.
My Little Ann
An acoustic based number, this is basically like a classic rock power ballad. There is definitely some southern rock in the mix. Again the guitar soloing sounds a bit like the Allman Brothers.
Close the Door
Strictly acoustic driven, this is intricate and pretty.
Here’s one that comes in with a bit of a Beatles-like sound. It works to another Black Crowes styled jam that works quite well.
Come Down
A killer mellow sound makes up the motif for this number. It’s my favorite track of the whole set. It’s very much in a classic rock style and has some really magical musical textures.
Get Up and Go
Here’s another hard rocker that is in keeping with the Black Crowes like textures of much of the music here.
We get an accessible and catchy bit of classic rock infused sound here. There is some smoking hot instrumental interplay mid-track.
A slow moving and bluesy mellower cut, this is another tasty one. It features some retro keyboard sounds.
Combine Grand Funk Railroad with Allman Brothers and you’ll be pretty close to the sound of this tune.
Straight Pipes
The hardest rocking tune on the set, this is a highlight. It’s got a definite hard rock meets blues approach and really works.
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