Rival Sons – Pressure & Time Album Review


Los Angeles based rock band, Rival Sons, definitely wanted to please the rock gods on Mt. Olympus for their album, Pressure & Time. With the main course of Led Zeppelin and the seasoning of some AC/DC and Black Crowes, their songs are reminiscent of great rockers of the past.

This impressive release is an extraordinary mixture of the greatest legendary sounds and a compilation that is a must-have. Even you own just one downloaded track, I promise that it will please the ears. With sounds straight out of the ‘60s and ‘70s, parents will be happy to know that their kids are listening to music that is extremely reminiscent of their Rolling Stones days. It’s a new generation, but the bottom line is that its rock n’ roll, and Rival Sons has done an outstanding job resurrecting the genuine rock sound.

Since their self-titled album was released in 2009, Rival Sons has been a band to watch. Album artwork designer, Storm Thorgerson, who most notably designed Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, captures the consumer first hand with its interesting appeal. But the album artwork is the last item on my list of album praises. Wait until you pop in that CD. Your ears are in for a ride.

“All Over the Road” opens the album with a thick, grungy sound that sets up the rawness of the entire set. While the rockabilly-esque feeling of the album’s second track “Young Love,” will keep your feet tapping the whole time. I’m almost positive that Jay Buchanan channels Robert Plant for this number. “Pressure & Time” is incredible simply for its filthy bass line and towering riff and does justice for the album’s title. But don’t just give this track a try because it’s the first single off the album. It is an urgent song that starts off right with a dirty bass line.

The bluesy “Only One” is one that you will continue to play. The haunting organ sound pumps up the sexiness and is very Ray LaMontagne-esque. “Get Back” would make Jimi Hendrix proud at the 1:40 mark with an explosive guitar solo. With the tasty guitar fuzz and fast-pace drums, it is a flat-out jamming piece.

Sounding like it is coming straight from your neighbor’s garage band, “Burn Down Los Angeles” will make The White Stripes and The Black Keys proud. It’s catchy tag and urgent tempo will make you want to drive down the road with this song on full blast. You’re going to want everyone within a 2-mile radius to hear this track. But wait. We’re only 17 minutes in and sadly the album is almost over.

The creepy chorus of “Save Me” meshes perfectly with the loud, thick guitar sound of the rest of the song and connects flawlessly to the album next track “Gypsy Heart.” Completely leaded with guitar grit from Scott Holiday and a sexy bass line from Robin Everhart, this is a standout track. “White Noise” can be fully explained by its name. This angry sounding tune doesn’t have a dull moment. It is constant sound, and yet once again, it pleases the ears. Around the 2-minute mark, the band brings in native chimes that pop out of mid air and is completely delightful.

Closing the album on a lighter note, “Face of Light” is an unexpected sweet song. Its reflective lyrics and ethereal sound brings a pleasing end to the album. Drummer, Mike Miley, tears it up near the end of the tune while Jay Buchanan wails to a fade out. It does have the same gritty quality as the rest of the songs, but “Face of Light” still adds a bittersweet thrill to the album.

Just over thirty minutes have passed and we’re already done listening to Pressure & Time, but I want more! I just wish Rival Sons would have made thirty more minutes of music for us to listen to. Okay, so its not the most original music, but its classic rock tributes make it worthwhile. You will find at least one track that you’re going to be obsessed with, let alone most of the album. Go to the nearest record store NOW or download this album NOW. Honestly you will not be disappointed.

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