The Lonely H - Concrete Class
Revisiting the re-visitations of their last release Hair may have been hard for most artists, but these Washington (state) guys. It seems The Lonely H is a sincere renaissance for classic rock in the 21st century. Its easy to track back over a sound that has already prospered, but not when you're playing it like its 1974 again.
Refreshing and powerful, almost every track is well produced, and varies from one form of 70's rock to another. Tracks like "Singer" have an uncanny fairing to The Eagles, while most songs on the album feed into each other in a classy Pink Floyd fashion. For instance, from "Other Side Of The Water" to full sounding melodies like "Girl from Jersey" are just impossible to ignore. "Digging A Hole" has a fantastic hook, and a professionalism that leaves you wondering how in the hell a bunch of kids barely out of High School managed to record an album so signature.
While "Cold Blues" almost falls into the Garage Rock sound of the 21st century, its far too impressive to make that association. A bouncy rhythm that follows the heart beat of a bass and drums. My favorite here, most likely due to my love of Tesla, is "Phoenix". Lead vocalist Fredson has an awesome amount of moxy that can not be cloned. The lonesomely distorted guitar work is aptly matching. "The River" is a fantastic reminder of how important and melodic The Doobie Brothers were for music.
The variety of classic rock is not even the most impressive factor here. Every lick of music was done in analog! Not only do they have the sound down from the Classic Rock era, but it takes real chops to improve on such a beat down genre, especially two albums in a row. Top 10 of 2009 again for The Lonely H.
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