Okay, so I am not the biggest fan of the classic rock genre. I love
Led Zeppelin but don't like bands trying to emulate them...
until now. But Dropsonic doesn't just sound like Led Zeppelin,
they sound like they are channeling them, giving them an updated feel
that totally works and is amazingly original while paying obeisance
to the past.
This album is just plain awesome as it successfully combines multiple
elements of rock, blues and a southern country feel, while being a
completely updated form of alternative rock. Even more surprising
is the fact that they are a threesome - you would never guess just
by listening to their material. From track one they fully control
the record, showing they aren't afraid to take chances with variation
of slow and hard, and carve a definitive niche in the rock landscape
by demonstrating well-conceived choices with breaks, changes and level
The most defining factor in Dropsonic's sound is Dan Dixon's
vocals; they have that edge that works for all types of material,
yet never gets old as he emotes across the record. His guitar parts
are all over the place, setting the feel and working the room with
finesse. Brian Hunter's drums are intelligent as they provide
the backbone and subtly show their teeth at precise moments, showing
delicate restraint. Bass always benefits from the three-piece set-up
and Dave Chase is in no different position as he utilizes it
like a thief, rolling through the songs and carefully emphasizing
the drums to near perfection.
Production is perfect; all instruments receive the due respect the
album presents. The construction of the album is counter-intuitive
but works well, as fast and slow songs are paired without being a
hindrance to the record's progression. Whether hard or soft, all the
songs maintain identity and intensity that all combine to put this
album well over the top for me.
This band will now be indelibly etched into my conscience, as I pull
for them to be heard across the nation and beyond. Every song alone
would be worth the price of an album, but together they make this
record an instant classic that everyone should have in their collection.
It has been a while since I heard a band so deserving of adulation,
but they deserve it and much more. Go buy this album now, it is not
a request, it is an order - just like I am now going to purchase the
rest of their discography without hearing the albums, because if they
are half as good as this one, they are already must haves.
1. Summer's Gone
3. Rotten Lie
4. Everyone's A Stranger
5. It Makes No Difference
6. The Big Nothing
7. Wedding Day
8. My Girl
10. When You Die
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