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Lemon Sun
Run With The Faithless
(self-released)
www.lemonsun.org


We have our generations' rock, as in Metallica and AC/DC. Then you have our parents' rock, like Led Zeppelin and Genesis. Well what about our grandparents rock? Who would be in that category? I'd say The Beatles and Pink Floyd. However, when you put in the recent release from Lemon Sun called Run With The Faithless, there's a definite and obvious comparison to the likes of a generation of music not normally known to this one.

From the very first song "Congratulate Our Thievery" you're instantly transported to a time of protests, uninhibited clothing choices and a few free flowing illegal substances. "What's in it for me?" makes for a perfect chant through this excellent rock song. The guitar thudding through the beginning beat eventually leads into the choir-esque harmonies and then back out to a mixture of electric guitar, a bit more harmonies and a beat that would probably be defined as "boogying." In the number "The Thrill" you have lead guitar that morphs itself into blues reincarnate. And when the very raw, fairly mellow vocals come in, they only reinforce that sentiment. And as any blues song should go, this one is about love (or the lack thereof). The song never really goes much more powerful than the every-so-often chorus. Though eventually you may be dancing a bit, because for the most part its a song that reaches deep inside.

The next level down in "mellowness" is "Did You Say." The guitar rhythm remains not only consistently the same chords, but the same level and pretty much in the background. If I were [the guitar player], I might get a little bored, but it does create a nice base for the song to build off. When the vocals lead into the chorus, it's very delicate and flows effortlessly in and out. And the harmonies are just the type to possibly create a sudden urge to add your own [voice] to the chorus. The final song "Dying Age" is completely different than the rest of the album, yet somehow just fits. This is what our grandparents would call a love ballad. The kind of song that needs a good drink to accompany it, and as the lyrics mention, this song just lets the album "slip away."

For an unsigned band, these guys are extremely talented. The album is polished and full of class. From poking around their website, it's apparent that the older generation feelings flow not only though the music but the members as well. A performance by them would be one completely worth checking out.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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