Hard rock with soul!
Awesome rock album! The energetic opening riff calls back to Physical Graffiti with a helping of garage rock. There is a very 70's hard rock sound with amped up distortion. It works well. Very diverse with great vocals and guitar work. The way I would describe the album is a mixture of Zeppelin and early Black Keys.
Awesome debut album.
I love this band. Buy this album, you won't regret it.
By Tiff Klien
If you are a rocker then you are a fool to not have this album. Best American band in 25 years.
Reviving a Grander Time
The debut album of Rival Sons shows much promise as it brings back a nostalgic tone for classic rock fans. The band's purist taste and passion for music shines through. The songs are as follows:
1.) Tell Me Something (4/5) - the riff draws you in by being very catchy and automatically shows its 70's influence
2.) Lucky Girl (4/5) - the drum pounding accentuates the guitar with tone changes hinting to Pink Floyd
3.) Memphis Sun (4/5) - the blues starts showing now with poetic lyrics, but a generic solo
4.) Angel (4/5) - a very fun southern twang and bright chorus causes the guitar to shine
5.) Pocketful of Stones (3/5) - very Zeppelin-esque guitar sections with a nice flanger makes this simple and likable
6.) The Man Who Wasn't There (3/5) - first soft song is calming, but lacks any spectacular moments
7.) Pleasant Return (4/5) - a "made for radio" song follows the same template as the others, but with an interesting operatic bridge
8.) On My Way (4/5) - the best ballad on the album where the wails of the vocals build anticipation
9.) I Want More (5/5) - personally my favorite song on the album with an upbeat tone, a guitar and vocal competition for spotlight, and a wailing solo
10.) Flames of Lanka (4/5) - mystic tone an psychedelic feel gives a darker mood with echoes and guitar experimenting
11.) Nanda-Nandana (4/5) - the distant guitar is a nice touch and is a solid closing making you assume this band isn't done yet
So overall, this album is a great start for this band with creatives melodies and lyrics, and a commonly upbeat tone. The one lacking aspect is there seems to be a common template, but this can be overlooked. I rate this album 4/5 stars and is definitely a lost gem that should be found by rock revivalists wanting something refreshing to hear.
Did you just put Lenny Kravitz in the same category as Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers? You, sir, are an idiot.
Anyways. This album invokes the feel of the classic rock bands of our parent's generation, music which I grew up listening to through my Dad's stereo. I highly recommend them to fans of that genre. They are refreshing in a nostalgic sort of way. Imagine a young Rolling Stones or, heck, even the mighty Zeppelin being placed in today's modern and advanced recording studio. This most likely is the closest glimpse we could get of such a thing, if such a thing were possible. Don't hesitate much longer, you're missing out!
Rival Sons Rock
By Six guns fanatic
Finally a band with real passion for music. Awesome voice.
ROCK IS BACK
I LOVE ALL THESE GUYS STUFF. JAY &THE BOYS ROCK
The Son's take sounds from the Zeppelin era.
Short and sweet.. I've been rocking out to these guys more than once and thought to myself, this is like a new Led Zeppelin album, and as a big fan of the Zep, I mean that as a compliment. These guys are phu-King Awesome. JamTASTIC!
Absolutely amazing band and album
If you like zeppelin, just listen.