Clyde - Slow Burn
- Artist: Clyde
- Album: Slow Burn
- Label: N/A
- Year of Release: 2012
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- Reviewed by: carlita on 2012-10-08
Viewing the "Introduction" video of Ontario, Canada based band, Clyde, you get a great sense of who they are. A bunch of guys who have rapport with one another and love to play music. A little country, bluegrass and a lot rock'n'roll. Raspy vocals, killer guitar riffs, and alcohol-fueled inspiration all collide on their debut album, Slow Burn. The record potentially puts the listener in the early morning hours when one starts to sober up and size up the choices from the prior night-some awful and some so deliciously bad, they're good. Similar sonically to several bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Goo Goo Dolls and Hootie and the Blowfish, you're brought back to the 90's alt-rock era where there was an overall air of melancholy , unhappiness with the state of the world, the place one lives, broken relationships etc.
"Morning Man", the opening full track, detailing a gloomy A.M. in a small town, brings this to mind. With a great lyric on "A Way Out" like "she's a left-hand turn on a dead-end road", an image of the wrong woman that feels so right at the time is conjured. "Oh Darla" with a Bon Jovi "Wanted Dead or Alive" feel in the beginning, speaks of coping with abandonment- "when she left to wander, was it something I did?" Booze (to potentially make one forget troubles) gets a couple of honorable mentions later on "The Recluse" ("I chose the prayer but she chose the priest") and the last track, "Growth" ("taste of cigarettes and the liquor I can hold down"). Unlike the static on the radio at the beginning and end of the record, their talent comes through, loud and clear.
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