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Chrystyna Marie

Loaded Gun

Review by Gary Hill

I absolutely love this EP. My only complaint is that I wish there was more of it. The four songs here make their way through territory from bluesy rock with some country in it all the way to something that’s not far removed from progressive rock. Each song is packed with passion, and a lot of that comes from the strong vocals. If you like hard rock that has a lot of classic vibes, give this a try. You are not likely to be disappointed.

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Track by Track Review
Loaded Gun

This is a really powerful cut. It has a lot of retro Americana built into it. It’s fairly slow, but definitely charged up in sound. It’s full of passion. It seems to combine a retro rock sound with blues and even some country. It’s just such a classy little rocker.

Down the Road
While the general mix of sounds is essentially the same, this one has a mellower vibe on the verses. It’s perhaps even more passion packed than the opener was. It doesn’t lack any magic or charm. That’s for sure.
No More
There is more of a modern tone here. I think I might like this song even better than the two that preceded it. It’s sad, but also triumphant. It has some of the most magical and impassioned moments of the whole EP.
The Tower
This is the mellowest track of the disc. In a lot of ways, it’s the most modern sounding, too. There are even some hints of progressive rock built into it. This is such a great song. It doesn’t lose any of the passion or power of the rest. It does get rocking later in the track, too.
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