Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Razorblades - Gimme Some Noise!
|This is a consistently loud and powerful album. Superb sound and production, excellent performances, strong arranging, and very good writing throughout. Great stuff here!|
Picks: Gimme Some Noise!, She Looks So Cute I Wanna Die, Thunderbird 101, Let's Go Down To Brighton, Punk! Punk! Rocker!, You And Me Under The Christmas Tree, Ready For Some Action, Lambretta Shake, Watching The Blood In The Bull's Eye, Global Warming Party, (I Burned My Skin In) Traffico Intenso, Revolution? Maybe On Monday, Why Should I Walk When I Can Run, Ain't No Fun Being Me Today, Your Muffin Top Looks Kinda Sexy, Insomniac Blues, Yes, It Hurts, But I Like The Pain, Beam Me Out Of This Trashy Movie
Track by Track Review
The radio scans the dial, passing talk and cheesy guitar before settling on classic Razorblades surf rage. Dribbling glissandos, heavy power, and serious aggression. Punkin' surf with great rums and bass. Ending in long, dirty feedback, "Gimme Some Noise!" is all about the power.
She Looks So Cute I Wanna Die
Splendid guitar work and a strong melody line, with string swipes and hot delivery. The drums and bass hypnotically sync in the bridges. "She Looks So Cute I Wanna Die" is a great song with a ton of energy and superb playing all around.
Big thunder launches this instro. "Thunderbird 101" sports a playful melody riff and powerful drums, especially the tom tom thunder. This is very well arranged, and played like there's no tomorrow, but not at all rushed.
Let's Go Down To Brighton
Superb ska and muted splash deliver a fabulous sound. "Let's Go Down To Brighton" is infectious as all hell! This defines playful without losing any of The Razorblades signature power. Wonderful!
Big power and a rockin' riff, driven hard and augmented with chants of "hey," among other words. Very fun, and very powerful.
You And Me Under The Christmas Tree
Tribal drums and very smooth bass provide a superb underbelly for a melody that's engaging and friendly. This may not be fast and furious, but it's not lacking power or charm. This is just plain satisfying, and is very well suited for a topdown drive down 1 in search of the perfect wave.
Rock slid drums and bass power the back side of "Ready For Some Action." The melody is playful in an adventurous sort of way. Quite cool!
Chorus of "woo-hoo" and playful guitar riffs give this a surprisingly fun pop edge without the cheese. Well done!
Watching The Blood In The Bull's Eye
Gritty guitar, big whammy thrash, and drum danger held together by subdued bass. "Watching The Blood In The Bull's Eye" has an instantly familiar feel to it, like any well written and arranged track. A bit of a Spanish feel. There's lots here to engage and please.
Whammy chords open, ska chords support the main theme, and the drums and bass pump. The romping guitar lines are more than fun. I found this growing on me. Great spunk and guitar swipes. The vocals and chorus are kind of intrusive, but ignore them and all is fine.
(I Burned My Skin In) Traffico Intenso
Can you spell spunk? "(I Burned My Skin In) Traffico Intenso" romps playfully as the power and energy ooze. This track starts out string, and then grows on you. Too fun!
Revolution? Maybe On Monday
Surf Reggae (Instrumental)
"Revolution? Maybe On Monday" is a rock instro with surf and reggae embedded. I wasn't impressed at first, but soon enough it captured my attention, and then made me smile. Adventurous and very enjoyable.
The Revenge Of The Cookie Monster
Heavy and rock oriented, with a jammin' sound and structure. I think "The Revenge Of The Cookie Monster" is much less engaging than the rest of this album.
Why Should I Walk When I Can Run
Spitfire surf guitar and heavy energy drive "Why Should I Walk When I Can Run" over the top. Its energy and power are rock solid, and it sports fine guitar work. For me, it started out modestly interesting, but by the time it was over, I was hooked.
Ain't No Fun Being Me Today
This is a slow moving, sad number with heavy reverb ambiance on the snare. As it progresses, it gathers energy and complexity of arrangement. Dramatic and cinematic.
Your Muffin Top Looks Kinda Sexy
Excellent string swipes and glissandos, fanciful guitar licks, and a solid rhythm section combine for a flashy ride. "Your Muffin Top Looks Kinda Sexy" is more about the flash than anything else, which is just fine with me. This is an excellent song for a high energy set.
Stereo delay and original riffs yield to a nicely written melody line. It's easy to understand why you would have trouble sleeping with "Insomniac Blues" on the stereo.
Yes, It Hurts, But I Like The Pain
Cowboy punk twang and scenery spread from the guitar licks and rhythm section. Big, hard driving, and compelling with a Stetson.
Beam Me Out Of This Trashy Movie
Moving slowly, this moody melody finds a bit of optimism in it's lack of restraint. I've always like pretty melodies played with volume and intensity. Quite cool!