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The Stone Foxes
Small Fires
(self-released)
www.thestonefoxes.com


There is a shade of ‘70s rock in The Stone Foxes' music reminiscent of The Rolling Stones. The band’s latest release Small Fires has a raw rock flange in the guitar chords mating a nostalgic resonance with a Southern rock blues in the tone of the tracks reflective of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Produced by Doug Boehm and the Stone Foxes, Small Fires has a soft rock template that fans might find familiar.

Turbine swirls made by the harmonica enhance the bluesy tint of the vocals in “Everybody Knows”. The taut drumbeats of “Cotto” are vellum in psychedelic rock regalia akin to vintage Rolling Stones as the gusty whips of the chord patterns in “Ulysses Jones” refract around the vocals. The synchronization of the guitar and organ in the title track protract a ‘70s hard rock charge wheedling a raw rock flange in “Cold Wind”.

The Southern rock sound of “Goodnight Moon” adjusts to surge a melodic rock vibe in “Talk To Louise” creating a fusion of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Hives. The mournful tone of the piano keys in “Battles, Blades And Bones” complements the reflections made in the verses, “We need someone to sing because we turned everything to battles, blades and bones.” It’s the most moving track on the album,, evoking emotion in the listener.

The Stone Foxes hold a torch for the blues rock sound of the ‘70s. The record might seem like boilerplate material from forty years back, but at least the band pays homage to what is best about that era of rock and they do a fine job of not only replicating it but modernizing the sound.

-Susan Frances

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