Once again, the venerable Atlanta rockers deliver their fourth new e.p. release since 2012; Songs For The Turntable is a sonic blast that kicks the New Year off in top fashion.  It’s simple:  Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ delivers with consistency and melody.

“Turn” is a slower-paced number, but a great, strong way to start off this set.  Classic rock structure; melodic with a sing-song chorus and great sound (that’s the one outstanding thing about this e.p. – terrific production).  “Roll Away The Song” instantly recalls ’70’s Southern rock figures in its’ carrying riff and takes subtle pieces from Zeppelin; little wonder why this is “Songs From The Turntable” – beautifully reminiscent of another time.  “Love Is The World” is sweet; “Strangers” is built around a menacing and tight riff that builds a masterpiece – think a very pissed-off sounding Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.  “Jesus Christ” (not to be confused with the Big Star song) closes the e.p. with a heavy riff and a snarling vocal that works.

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ have put out four great e.p.’s since last year  – and this latest installation may be the best one yet.


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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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