Thursday, August 23, 2012

Album Review: River City Extension - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger

This week we learned about an exciting eight person band out of New Jersey,  River City Extension, and their completely entertaining CD Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Your Anger. I mean, this release has everything; a little Americana, Rock, Funk, Pop-Rock -> no two songs are the same. And there's even a rhythm section here and there as well as a simulated fife and drum corp (see Lord, I Have Changed - a favorite). There's love songs; apologizing songs, semi-gospels -> all with nice melodies, tight instrumentals,  and interesting songwriting - courtesy of front man Joe Michelini. When I first started listening, Michelini vocals reminded me of Justin Townes Earle and then when Golden Tongue (Thanatopsis) came on, the song could have been right out of The Good Life or Yuma. I was hooked.There's a lot more to be hooked on; the harp in There & Back Again; the subtle horns in the title track; and the final track, Lord, I Have Changed, seems a perfect closing. Get this CD.

Mike Costaney, Dan Melius, James Ramirez,
Patrick O'Brien, Joe Michelini, Jenn Fantaccione, Sam Tacon, Nick Cucci

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