Radio Birds | Contemporary American Slang (Brash Music)

american slang_75You’ll instantly be able to sing-along, as the melodies and rhythms grab you and hold on for all 11 tracks.

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the five-member band known as Radio Birds have released their highly anticipated new album, Contemporary American Slang. With a taste of southern style, a rock ‘n roll center, and a light coating of alternative flavor, Radio Birds find their groove early on and simply never let up. Classic American rock ‘n roll is alive and well, people.

Killer guitar riffs, and a bluesy rhythm section capable of intricate time changes help create a sultry ambience. The gruff vocals of Justin Keller bring added color to the rainbow of sound created here. With obvious influences like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and more modern bands like Tesla, this album contains some of the best rock ‘n roll I have heard in a long time.

Produced by Damon Moon, the album sports a no-frills, all-talent production. The tracks complement each other, while retaining their own individual identity. With hooks-galore, the band’s song writing is outstanding. You’ll instantly be able to sing-along, as the melodies and rhythms grab you and hold on for all 11 tracks. Smooth, with a little roughness around the edges, the finished result is not overly polished. Guitarist Jaz Dixon has an elegant style to his playing while still being able to deliver hard rocking riffs.

Spotlight tracks include the album opener, “Hold on Me,” with its catchy riff, head-bobbing rhythm, and sublime vocal. “Sleep City,” a true road trip tune, and “Time Ranger” complete with ethereal harmonies and spectacular rhythmic changes and guitar work.

For fans of classic rock such as Fleetwood Mac and The Guess Who, as well as fans of hard rock bands like Tesla, this album has something for most rock fans to appreciate. What is certain, is Contemporary American Slang is set to be a rock ‘n roll classic and will likely be one of the best releases of 2015. B+ | Marc J. Farr

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