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CROSSON SPREADING THE ROCK N ROLL DISEASE EP REVIEW 2014

 

CROSSON- SPREADING THE ROCK 'N' ROLL DISEASE

SELF RELEASED

JANUARY 20 2014

 

 

Reviewers are calling this Kiss meets Motley Crue meets The Darkness, but I really don’t hear that at all. First and foremost what hits you about Crosson is the vocals, and it’s one of those that you will either love or hate coming across as it does like Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett meets Voice of the Beehive, whichever way you swing on it, it is particularly grating on ‘Taxman’ where it becomes all the more nasal and at points sounds underwater, or at least semi-submerged.

 

Wow that already sounds like a slating doesn’t it? But it’s not for as you will discover there’s plenty to interest you here, and mainly that’s Crosson’s knack of writing a catchy tune like opener and title track ‘Rock N Roll Disease’ which positively busts into your ears.

 

‘All About the Music’ may sound like  a Kiss meets AC/DC  riff with Lizzy-like wails and the lower register vocals are quickly offset with some great backing vocals. It’s at this point that you realise that the vocals actually work and on later tracks when the really cool choral female backing vocals kick in there’s a really soulful kind of ‘70’s cool’ vibe.

 

‘Lies’ has a definite Paul Stanley Kiss vibe and naivety and may even get you tossing your hair back and pouting along to the sweet refrain.  It’s our favourite here and strangely addictive.  Similar in vein ‘Take Another Shot’ is another dose of good time Rock N Roll that again is elevated by the sweet backing vocals that are one of our favourite aspects of this release.

 

‘Taxman’ as we hinted isn’t our favourite here, and is really where the Midnight Oil comparisons kick in, but it’s more like Garrett singing Melodic Rock (God I hope they don’t dance like Garrett) and has some great female backing vocals that almost have a Symphonic edge to them. All is forgiven by the time ‘I’m Not Afraid’ the closing track hits it’s a hard rocking wig-out with an Aussie pub-rock edge tempered again by those backing vocals.  

 

If you want something comfortably familiar yet distinctively different then this EP despite (or perhaps because of) its quirks shows all the signs of a band that knows how they want to rock and one which has every chance of converting the masses.

 

IMPORTANT LINKS
www.crosson.com.au
www.facebook.com/CrossonRock
www.reverbnation.com/crosson
www.youtube.com/crossonrock
https://soundcloud.com/crossonrock
www.twitter.com/CrossonRock


 
DIGITAL STORES
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/crosson/id42273253
CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Crosson

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

CROSSON SPREADING THE ROCK N ROLL DISEASE EP REVIEW 2014