Thursday, 18 June 2009

Review - Dusty Rhodes and the River Band - Palace And Stage

Dusty Rhodes and the River Band - Palace And Stage

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4 out of 10

I think Dusty Rhodes and his groovy roots-de-toots could be suffering from a touch of mild musical schizophrenia. Their 'young Steven Tyler' songs don't do much for me, unfortunately (All One excepted, just), as they sound more like a band overdosing on the Kings of Leon. The voice of the more folky offerings (W.W.M.D.?, for example) doesn't really cut the bustard, either. So Low allows the band's sole female a voice and things become a touch more interesting for a few minutes, as they stop trying to Americana-stomp everything in sight and instead try to ape the Cardigans. The rather ramshackle journey ends with a mental acoustic demo sung in Spanish. At least, I think it was Spanish - apologies for my ignorance but I'd lost it with this album by then.

Genuinely talented and obviously cool. Ah well.


1. All One
2. Blind Lead The Blind
3. Palace and Stage
4. Andy
5. Sorry For Now
6. W.W.M.D. ?
7. Fire In The Sky
8. Magic Words
9. The Ballad of Jim and Casey
10. So Low
11. Davidians
12. Quejao

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