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CD REVIEW: Onward, Soldiers - Ghosts in this town
By Ivan Nossa - 01/03/2011 - 06:22 PM EST

Artist: Band: Onward, Soldiers
Album: Ghosts in this town
Label: Winoca records
Genre: alt-country/rock
Sounds Like: Kings of Leon, Rolling Stones
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Nashville, Alright by me, Let the time roll
CD Review:

I listen to many cds over the year and most of them just pass me by, but I was immediately conquered by the music of this young American band.

It’ s a collection of voyages in time and space where every song fit like a jewel in a crown. The music is mainly country/rock but they enjoy also blues, pop, soul contaminations. They are right in the middle from old style country and alternative American rock. The album is mainly acoustic but with a great electric guitar that accompanies the most emotional moments and a great rhythm section. The arrangements are raw but genius at the same time.

The voice is perfect. Perfect for this kind of music. A bit hoarse, like true rock ‘n roll guys. It can send you shivers. It takes you to distant lands, western prairies and lonely valleys, or small intimate rooms where you find yourself alone wandering.

It is a pity they do not have the lyrics inside, I would have loved to read them carefully. Anyway the pronunciation is very clear and there is really no problem in understanding them all even for a foreigner.

Let’s take a closer look to the songs

Stick to your guns: A slow cynical lullaby, an intense warm voice opens the album. Country blues mood.

Alright by me: It sounds like one of the best Rolling Stones tracks. Amazing how the voice and sound are close to the Stones in this track. Great energy.

The past: Upbeat country song with modern vocals.

Let the time roll: yeehaw! Country feel good tune. A pleasure to listen to. Cool banjo playing. I found myself singing along to an easy catchy chorus. They could have named it Let the good time roll!

Relic: the darkest track, with a rock guitar riff and a growing rhythm under an angry voice. Great bass guitar.

The places we go: The most emotional ballad. Coll lyrics. Guitar and voice go for a perfect blend. 

Watery grave: The hardest song of the album. The voice gets dark and heavy. Electric guitar for a hard rock song. A bit repetitive with its obsessive rhythm and lyrics, and war will never end while bridges are burning again…

Plans: Soft moment for taking a walk into our minds and talk to ourselves.

Nahville: A bluesy song based on an emotional guitar and great vocal deepness. It is a sad ballad that touches easily the heart of the listener and lets the mind wonder. Nice touch of harmonica. The track I loved the most.

This is American music at its best. The guys stand out. They have that something that make the difference from an average band to a special one. Definitely. I hope to hear more from them and I wish them the successful career they deserve.

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