CD REVIEW: Symon’s New Blue Diamonds - Why I Quit the Music Business
By Cyrus Rhodes - 12/28/2010 - 09:26 PM EST
Artist: Band: Symon’s New Blue Diamonds
6 piece Jazz/Rock band “Symons’s New Blue Diamonds” releases their latest CD entitled Why I Quit the Music Business in 2010. The band hails from San Francisco.
Album: Why I Quit the Music Business
Label: California King
Sounds Like: The Waitresses, Huey Lewis & the News, Oingo Boingo, B-52’s
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Waiting for a Money Shot, Confusionville, Girls who Drink, Going back to Hong Kong
The CD quickly takes to flight with short melodic intro piece “Blue Bail Town” which quickly leads you to track 2 “Eddie the Killroy” an upbeat Jazz-Rock groove that serves up driving rock rhythm, smooth musical flow & hooky melody that peaks & valleys its way through to musical fruition. Track 3 “Confusionville” shifts gears a bit with its awkward yet infectious slamming rock groove meshed with mesmerizing melodic hooks & full tilt musical swagger. This piece is quite impressive demonstrating amazing curve ball versatility. Track 4 “Girls Who Drink” is an easy going jazz/rock ditty with carefree vibe, hypnotic flugelhorn as well as well placed percussive accents. Right from the start I can tell “Symon’s New Blue Diamond’s” is something special & unique. I would classify this music as Jazz - Fusion with a slamming rock backbone with a slight aftertaste of Ska. Despite the Jazzy soundscapes the songs themselves are crafted very much like rock songs. As a result this catalouge is much easier to follow unlike some Jazz-Fusion. Although there are no vocals I hear music personalities reminiscent of classic The Waitresses, Huey Lewis &* the News, B52’s & perhaps a splash of even Oingo Boingo. As this CD slowly unfolds it’s obvious this 6 piece feels quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically. As to be expected the CD offers a rich melodic horn foundation, but also provides a slamming low end rhythm section offering a unique musical style & persona. Along the way you will notice things like impressive Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Drums, Tenor, Baritone & Alto Saxes, Futes, Jazzy Guitar & even Percussion. The writing & playing abilities of this band are clearly above the bar. Equally as impressive is the carefree & fun vibe one gets from listening to this CD. All songs are short & sweet musical experiences each one possessing a unique signature groove & personality. From hopping “Crazy Cougars” to rocking Just Don’t overdo it” to hypnotic “Everyone’s a Victim” & Red Lion Revenge” to slamming Going back to Hong Kong” to slow moving “Popular Moments” this CD has something for just about everyone. My personal favorites are smooth as silk “Waiting on the Money Shot” & red hot “Just don’t overdo it” The CD ends with “Why I Quit the Music Business” the perfect finale statement for a CD like this
It’s had to find solid weakness with this CD. I normally dedicate this paragraph to that subject matter. As you can see I have nothing to report.
Why I Quit the Music Business by the Symons’s New Blue Diamonds is one of the most amazing & refreshing musical production I’ve heard this year. From start to finish it has no weaknesses that I can see under my microscope. It has everything from amazing playing, superb writing, unique signature sound & groove, & last but not least it’s just a whole lot of fun to listen to. Praise goes out to the artists out there that can show us something pure & genuine beneath their veil of vanity. S.N.B.D is one of those artists that let's it all hang out, they let the chips fall where they may & it shows. At the end of the day Symon’s New Blue Diamonds is a rare find, & their music shines brightly like a bright blue diamond.
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