The dudes in The Steepwater Band can play. Having logged lots of miles, these well-seasoned road dogs’ musicianship––guitars, bass, drums––really shines on songs like “Shake Your Faith,” whose wall of guitar-snarl evokes Neil Young at his grungiest. The solo here is particularly well-structured, a strength that we find throughout the band’s work. “Break” has a cool, eerie organ tone, but the song’s insistent carnivalesque hook wore thin on us pretty quick. The laid-back “Bring On The Love” echoes classic Buffalo Springfield, and its guitar solo is again a thing of beauty. The downside to this and any band is that its singer takes a back seat to everything else; and sometimes the sound mix––favoring the axes––does him no favors.
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