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Album Review

Every generation needs its Grand Funk Railroad, and Rose Hill Drive fits the bill for the post-millennial hard rock set. The power trio lineup that served GFR so well during its early years works just as effectively here, and even the stark headshots of the three members seem inspired by the similar inner sleeve shot from Funk's second (red) release. While Rose Hill Drive would probably rather be compared with their heroes Led Zeppelin — songs five, six and seven's acoustic approach indicates that — the blue-collar American style of this Boulder, CO trio keeps it on this side of the ocean. Regardless, these guys can play, and production by famed engineer Nick DiDia keeps the sound lean, mean yet professional. Lyrics push towards the dark side with "Man on Fire"'s Dark Lord, good/evil conflict and "The Guru" and "Reptilian Blues" skirting prog rock themes. Bassist/vocalist Jake Sproul never gets too histrionic in his style, a refreshing variation from the hard rock norm of singer overkill. But it's his brother, guitarist Daniel, who brings the fire, spitting out killer licks that never descend into parody. It's that sense of restraint, especially in a genre that doesn't encourage subtlety, which helps make this recording special. A few guitar overdubs, especially on the pounding "Hard Enough" help drive the sound without getting fussy. There is a slight drop-off in songwriting quality as the disc winds into its final third, but the seven-and-half minute "Reptilian Blues" packs a serious mid-tempo punch as Nathan Barnes' locomotive drums thump with driving intensity. This is an impressive debut from a potent three-piece unit that seems to have only begun to stretch its collective legs.

Customer Reviews


This flew straight in my top 10 albums of all time, Rose Hill Drive have to be one of the most under-rated bands of all time, however this will not last, they are already rolling stone magazine's "ones to watch" and they deserve the best, You can`t put one fault to this album, it is actually perfect, download it and see/hear for yourself.


Formed: 2003 in Boulder, CO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The mountain-set college town of Boulder, CO, has since the late '60s had a notoriously hippie-ish, laid-back vibe. In the '70s, mellow soft rockers Firefall were the city's main musical export, and more recently bands like Leftover Salmon, the Samples, the String Cheese Incident, and Big Head Todd & the Monsters have made Boulder jam band central. (To be fair, the Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra is also a Boulder native, so it's not all hacky sack, noodle dancing, and patchouli.) This makes the heavy...
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