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- I reviewed this Italian band's 2008 debut album Experienced Zydeco Riders in a special posted 04/03/2009, and have to say I wasn't overly enthoused with it. Maybe the relatively short time between being formed and recording their album had made the trio a bit too confident about their material? At any rate, the band's sophomore album is truly a positive surprise to me, and I'm glad the guys still found it in their hearts to send us their new material, in spite of my less flattering comments (the more positive they used on their MySpace page ? also their official website) about their debut.
This time around, the guys took their time writing their music (were already on it when I reviewed the debut) and that's something which shows itself in nicely structured songs (which are still open for occasional improvisations) which now also have a same musical direction. Think Allman Brothers Band,...nah, I was looking to add a list of bands, but ABB will suffice nicely, thank you...in other words, a calmer type of Southern tinged Blues Rock with great lead guitar parts. I mean, the guys even play a couple of longer songs. But right-off, the guitar section is where I foresee a problem, as the band can never be expected to play this music as a trio (it needs an extra rhythm guitarist, see?). Still, those are problems that can be solved by occasionally playing with a hired hand (no need to change the internal dynamics of the band as far as the songwriting goes, see?). To embellish a couple of songs (?What's It Worth?, ?Let Me Be Your Man?, and ?Dust In The Wind?) the trio invited one Carlo De Signoribus to play the harp (say mouth harmonica), which even resulted in a memorable ?battle? between him and the guitarist (during ?Let Me Be your Man?). Vocally, the calmer style suits frontman Alessandro far better. Of course there's still a rare couple of moments when he shows his native lineage, but not in the same measure as on the debut...and therefore the new album is a vast improvement overall!
To convince you of that fact, all you need do is compare the songs (4 of the debut, and no less than 6 of the 9 on the new one ? must be the band understood the higher quality of their new material too, eh?) posted at (www.) myspace.com/ezridersband. Great stuff, and anyone into the more atmospheric Blues Rock of the early '70s should definitely check this out!
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