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J. Roddy Walston

Nov 10, 2010 08:24PM ● Published by Anonymous

The band's first release on Vagrant picks up where Hail Mega Boys left off, with plenty of guitar licks properly accenting danceworthy track after track. Harmonies are even more gratifying on this effort, howling throughout "Full Growing Man". Those who are already familiar with the band will be happy to hear the apparently remastered "Used To Did." The guitars are more up front on this version (and throughout the album), and the piano has a presence that makes the song worth comparing the new to the old.

J. Roddy Walston and The Business are a true gem. Theirs is a roots rock that transcends distance and generations. Like Skynyrd? You'll like this. Like Jerry Lee Lewis? Yep, give this a shot. Queen? Springsteen? It's all here in a delicious blend of the '70s and today. "Uh Oh Rock and Roll" is an unabashed Zeppelin send-off, from the Plant-ish vocals to the Page-esque guitar riffs. The sound that is bombastic by itself, without high-dollar production, the live show that gets everyone off their feet, you're getting it all with this band.

Definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of good musicianship, not just good makeup in the form of pitch-correction and over-production. These guys know how to play their instruments and, judging by their show, they know how to party.

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