MY SONG REVIEWS # 3

A Song To Raise The Dead

“Silver City” by Ugly Valley Boys

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I’m not an expert on Country/Folk music, but I think Ugly Valley Boys is a great band. I can’t even pinpoint what kind of music that I would classify them as. Country? Folk? Rock? Acoustic metal? Classification doesn’t matter, I like them. The steady driving beat and relaxed flow of the songs make “Double Down” a great road trip album. I especially like “Silver City”. The song is about a ghost town and it is appropriately haunting. The eerie vocals and dark melody capture the scene perfectly. I can imagine the singer sitting in a dark, moldering hotel room in a town that expired long ago. “… these walls have eyes, and they’ve seen troubled times.”

Something Wicked

Jethro Tull’s “Cross-Eyed Mary”

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If you know me at all, you will know that Jethro Tull is my all-time favorite band. I will sprinkle a Tull song or two in my reviews from time to time but I’ll try not to over do it.  I really love this song, in many ways it’s a sister song to Jethro Tull’s flagship song, Aqualung. Like Aqualung it has a driving guitar riff that really moves the song along. The thing I really like about the intro is the way that it builds. The song seems to be an approaching hurricane, wind and clouds steadily accumulating until the full force of the tempest breaks out overhead and all hell breaks loose! And as with Aqualung, Ian Anderson really paints an intriguing picture of another one of the dregs in society.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

Boston’s “Rock & Roll Band”

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Boston was an great rock and roll band. They weren’t overly dramatic, or controversial, they just made made feel good rock music. The thing I have always thought was interesting about this song is that it’s off their first album. I’m sure they did their share of touring before their first album, but “Rock & Roll Band” was really presumptuous for a first record. The song itself is just plain good old rock and roll, with a great riff and an energetic chorus. I’m glad that they were able to fulfill their self-made prophecy of greatness, that debut album went on to sell over 17 million copies. Boston ended up having it’s share of struggle and tragedy but they did have a really good run as a real, classic “Rock & Roll Band”.

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