retro... by the badge is
aptly named. Extracting everything that
is good from Rock 'n' Roll's vinyl days (retro) and updating it to the
(digital) present, the
badge has succeeded where many have paled in comparison.
They have taken all that
was taught to us by the Beatles, studied it, learned it, then after
acing the exam, went
into the studio and used that knowledge to create ...digital
is the album that the Beatles would've progressed to making had they
remained together. In
fact, the production is so polished you'd swear George Martin was
behind the boards.
Starting with a voice announcing "Now, for those of you watching in
white/this one is in Technicolor", you are quickly absorbed by the
opening riffs of
as they leap out
of your speakers, followed by infectious drums and vocals, you're
hooked before the
perfect harmonies kick in. Even though the terrain is familiar, you
know you're not in
Kansas anymore. the badge proclaims at the end of the track that,
for a sign that everything's OK" and then they take you along to find
What follows is a 10 song journey over that rainbow into a land where
Rock 'n' Roll is
represented in all its forms. The orchestrations of strings and horns
Destiny" and "Guthrie
are rooted solidly in the production technique evolved from the "Sgt.
sessions. The cover of Badfinger's "No Matter" (a
far superior, yet
faithful rendition) continues to showcase the bands mastering of old
school rock. You can
hear a healthy dose of the Young Rascals, the Lovin' Spoonful, and the
Spencer Davis Group
sprinkled throughout. Not forgetting to mention that when the badge
straight out rocks,
you'll find the shadows of Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Mountain,
and even Dwight
Twilley lurking about.
The disc closes with the epic "Unfinished Business"
end-state of a relationship. As far as we here at IndepenDisc are
concerned, it's our
hopes that this title was chosen as the closer in order to subliminally
let us know that
there is a lot more music to come. And, as the simulated needle tracks
through the end
grooves to reveal a "hidden" slice of tape loop, we realize that we
"sign that everything's OK".
the badge ...digital retro...
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