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Nicotine (digital single)

Review by Gary Hill

When Tiebreakers’s last disc came out, I loved it. The thing rocked like crazy with a great bluesy hard rocking sound. It was like classic rock, but with a modern edge. Well, this brand new single continues that fine tradition. It’s cut from much the same cloth and is just plain awesome.

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Track by Track Review

Hard rocking and energized, this is a classic rock sounding tune. It’s a real screamer. Yet, it’s not just raw rock and roll. There are some subtle elements here. For one thing, listen to the bass line. That bass guitar just plays with serious intensity. There’s also a great instrumental break mid-song that leans it towards progressive rock. The vocals are tastefully raw. There’s a killer slower section later that has a lot of Black Sabbath built into it. The keyboards over the top, though, lend a different sound to it.


(Editor's Note - Music Street Journal is set up for the allocation of albums, not singles - particularly not one-song singles. So, in the instances, like this one, where we've covered single song releases, we've had to make some adaptations for formatting. In the case of this one, just imagine both track review and overall review reading as one set of copy. )

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