Ten Years After
This album continues to leave the riffs in your head and the choruses on the tip of your tongue after the final notes die down. A great return to form by the new line-up.
What's in a brand name? Well in the case of Ten Years After, like several other enduring American rock bands such as The Allman Brothers, and closer to home The Man band, it's a case of new wine in old bottles and a passport to getting their new music noticed and played.
"Now" is an excellent album and in young Joe Gooch, Ric Lee and his pals have found the perfect catalyst to relaunch the band into the contemporary rock market.
The first thing to say is that "Now" is as contemporary as it could have been. Joe's scintillating guitar lines from the Steve Vai style workouts on the eastern flavoured "A Hundred Miles High" - complete with its echoes of the Beatles - to the powerful riffs on the album's stand out track, "Time To Kill" are beautifully integrated into the bands overall schema. Chick Churchill adds some lovely keyboard parts and the ensemble rock out stylishly
This album takes the exploratory rocking blues history of the band and adds a powerful vocalist, guitarist, who has become an integral part of the song writing process. Such is the success of the new line-up that the whole set sounds fresh, new and contemporary.
"When It All Comes Down", the opening cut is an impressive mix of keyboard and guitar parts, while the self explanatory titled "King Of The Blues" is a stomping boogie, full of rolling piano and a band in full flow.
Leo Lyons and Ric Lee belt out a succession of tough but intuitive grooves that underpin some excellent songs, notably "Time To Kill", but the band as a whole impress with some fine material and even a possible single in the Nickleback sounding "I'll Make It Easy For You". "Long Time Running" is an almost Southern rock sounding piece complete with slide and wah wah guitar parts and Leo's insistent bass lines. Ric Lee's adds crashing cymbals, and the track will surely appeal to the American market. The closing hypnotic grooves of "Changes" confirm that this album is one of the bands best efforts, complete with a new guitar hero in the ranks.
Here are some audio clips from Now:
|Time To Kill|
|I'll Make It Easy For You|
|Long Time Running|
Clips are in Windows Media Player format, and should stream to your PC in CD quality if you have Broadband, or lower quality if you use a dial-up connection.