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Slider Pines: Road Avenue Railroad

Road Avenue Railroad isn't prog, and it certainly isn't metal, but damn if Slider Pines haven't come up with one hell of a addicting roots rock album here. This trio, comprised of Andy Lester (bass, keyboards), Bill Spellman (drums, vocals), and Joey Shanks (vocals, guitars), take their mass of influences from Memphis and put together a feel good, catchy batch of tunes here that should appeal to a wide variety of rock fans. From the accessible power pop of "Leading Me On", to the crisp Southern Rock of "Fast Track", to the Mellotron drenched ballad "The Missing Street Sign", this one has a little bit of everything. Images of the early 70's scene (Badfinger anyone) can be heard on the poppy "Wolf River", beefy power chords and organ permeate the crunchy rocker "Built to Explode", and "The Memphis Hack" is a just a great example of bluesy roots rock, complete with breezy hooks and solid guitar work. Images of The Doors can also be heard on "The Art of Falling Down" and "Visitor At Your Grave", two haunting pieces that bookend the CD. Slider Pines seem to have all the goods to take Road Avenue Railroad to a wide audience. Let's see if they can make it happen.

Track Listing

  1. The Art of Falling Down
  2. Fast Track
  3. The Missing Street Sign
  4. Leading Me On
  5. Breathing Too Hard on the Glass
  6. Wolf River
  7. Built to Explode
  8. Bitter Angels
  9. Bluffs of Rivertown
  10. The Memphis Hack
  11. Visitor At Your Grave

Added: August 6th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2312
Language: english

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