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Cotton Soeterboek Band,The: Twisted

Twisted is the full-length debut from semi-supergroup The Cotton Soeterboek Band. Comprised of guitarist Alan Cotton (Maestro Alex Gregory), singer Robert Soeterboek (Ayreon, Star One, Wicked Sensation), drummer Reynold "Butch" Carlson (Driver, Rob Rock), bassist Mike Davis (Rob Halford Band) and keyboardist Joost van den Broek (After Forever), Twisted is a melodic hard rock affair that delivers on all levels (Dutch bassist Wim den Boer and drummer Wilfried Broekman have now officially joined the band in place of David and Carlson). Opening cut "Set me Free" sets the tone immediately, a memorable heavy rocker with raging guitar/organ riffs, reminding instantly of classic Deep Purple or Uriah Heep, while the title track and "Colorado" are both bluesy hard rock numbers with Soeterboek's husky vocals more than a tad reminiscent of David Coverdale's early Whitesnake days. "Leave Me Blue" sees the band trying hard to come up with a single, but it's the least impressive track here despite some catchy hooks. Elsewhere, songs like "Little Sister" , "Gold and Gray", and "Still of the Night" have an almost Lynyrd Skynyrd-meets-early Whitesnake feel to them, thanks to some rootsy, Southern Rock styled guitar work from Cotton, van den Broek's swirling organ & electric piano, and Robert's powerful vocals. It's a shame this CD is barely over 30 minutes, as there's lots of cool tunes here that show a pretty diverse band that knows how to write catchy, 70's styled hard rock material. I could have easily taken in another 3-4 songs with no problem, and certainly enjoyed every second of it. A band to watch.

Track Listing
1. Set Me Free 3:05
2. Pretty Maureen 3:28
3. Twisted 3:54
4. Colorado 3:26
5. Leave Me Blue 3:30
6. Little Sister 3:52
7. Gold and Gray 3:16
8. Still of the Night 3:32
9. The Game 3:02

Added: July 31st 2008
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band's My Space Page
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Language: english

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