Friday, June 6, 2008

Fresh Sounds II

The Parlor Mob: And You Were a Crow
Ladies and gentlemen, Rock and Roll is not dead after all. In fact, it arrived in my mailbox last week.
And You Were a Crow, The Parlor Mob's debut release on Roadrunner Records is a stellar record from start to finish. These New Jersey natives have managed to create an album that would be just as at home in 1973 as it is today. They've pulled off a throwback classic rock sound, with just enough of a modern twist to keep it from seeming contrived. Crow boasts riff heavy hits like 'Hard Times' and 'Carnival of Crows' but also slips into dark but vivid acoustic pieces like "When I was an Orphan" and "Angry Young Girl." Both of these styles showcase singer Mark Melicia's rich, vintage vocal range wonderfully.

2008 is shaping up to be a great year. Buy this album immediately.

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