Mockingbird Hill CD, 2011
This is a good album for fans of rock guitar in all its guises. Classic rock with clean, harmonized riff and vocals just like that band Masters Of Reality. “It’s All Too Much” opens in grand fashion, amid squalls of lead guitar. Tuneful guitar rock. Is this freedom rock? “It’s All Good” is like Blue Oyster Cult meets They Might Be Giants. Or is it? “Jazz And Peanut Butter” is a delightful thrash-speed romp for guitar, bass and saxophone sound, definite Frank Zappa territory there. “Gamma Ray Shuffle” is built on a John Bonham drum break, but not the one most people use. Cool. “Peace, Love & Nuclear Fusion (Part 3)” is a pretty/menacing instrumental keyboard ditty, a la Ace Frehley’s “Fractured Mirror.” “Dorian Gray Scale” is a fun guitar/bass riff pattern thing. The last song, “Mockingbird Hill” is a similarly enervating procession. Of rock.
Ian C Stewart