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CD Ragdoll ALL I WANT IS EVERYTHING EP review

RAGDOLL

ALL I WANT IS EVERYTHING

EP

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER RECORDS

2013

 

RAGDOLL'S FINEST HOUR... SO FAR

 

Ragdoll has put out a couple of stunning EPs in the last eighteen months and so anticipation for this one is pretty high. The big question is how do you top what was one of my favourite releases of last year – the ‘Here Today EP’?

 

 


I think the answer, after giving this latest EP a few spins, is that you just turn everything up to ten, take the best of what you’ve done before and don’t be content to repeat it – build on it! Words failed me after the first few listens; this is such a powerful set of songs – and at 5 tracks it’s unfair to really call it an EP.

 

 


If you loved the heavier side of Ragdoll that we saw with songs like the muscular ‘Tell Me’ or ‘Here Today’ from the last outing, but also loved the melodies of that first release here you have the culmination.

 

 


Ragdoll hasn’t so much evolved on this release they’ve jumped several awkward steps in the evolutionary process of a rock band and come out a fully formed, hungry beast on the other side. Opening track ‘All I Want’ (you can see the video exclusive on our home page) is probably my favourite thing they have done and when it’s backed up with a quality video, it really does set them apart from the pack.

 

 


‘All I Want’ is a song very much in the vein of ‘Tell Me’ with that huge rock foundation provided by Rafferty and Barrett, before the giant riff demolishes your front room and Rafferty’s vocals prove he’s one of the best in the business.

 

 


‘Astray’ a track that West Australian audiences have had previewed at live shows and it’s another track that oozes confidence: Todd’s signwriting just seems to have so much more depth this time around and it seems he’s find the perfect balance between showing off his formidable fret-board skills and creating music that is both immediate and memorable.

 

 


‘Irreplaceable’ is the EP’s lighter moment, a wonderful song that really showcases Rafferty’s vocals. It’s that song that sticks and makes you feel that feeling that only the best Rock Music can give you – that feeling of a summer night under the stars. It’s insanely good, and I’ve not stopped smiling since I heard it. I thought that only Harry Hess could write like this!

 

 


‘Break You’ is my favourite at the moment – it’s the ‘Foot to the Floor’ of the mini-album (you’ll get it if you have the first EP) – it’s the song that just makes you want to get out there and Rock and Roll! I love the ‘broken’ chorus too that set’s it aside. You can imagine this being a huge live favourite.

 

 


Closing track ‘Self Censored’ has the kitchen sink, with a guitar refrain that steps foot in U2 territory it’s the most experimental track here and the most personal Todd has penned lyrically. But it’s also lush and wonderfully melodic, so much so that it really matters little that it isn’t built upon a huge hook, it’s much more subtle a beast than that and the real grower on the release.    

 

 

   
If you love you Rock build on tradition, but sounding thoroughly modern there’s nothing anachronistic about Ragdoll in 2013. This may well be the sort of thing that could bring Rock’s disparate factions together – it’s simply great Rock music. And like all the best music this still has plenty of meat on the bone, and has all the hallmarks of their previous work, it’s just… better, more refined, more distinctive, more melodic, more meaty and more Ragdoll. Make mine a treble...

 

 

 

Leslii Phillips

 

RAGDOLL ALL I WANT IS EVERYTHING EP REVIEW 2013