Most Wanted – Revelation Station

Most Wanted – Revelation Station
Stone Alley Records
Most Wanted are a power trio from Detroit where the word “power” may just not be enough to describe them. You can feel a subtle influence from local hero Mitch Ryder, but also a bit of ACDC fueling the thundering vibe they create. They are edgier than just a typified trio though, with just the right twists and tweaks of the simplistic power cords, creating an iron clad chariot for the gritty vocal howlings of Mark Hiser. They also throttle back at just the right times, getting you into a good vibe before they come back and tear your head off with an incendiary riff. “Just Like A Girlfriend” is a mircocosmic song in that slant, while others like “Get To You” and “For The King” stay in your face throughout the song. Mitch, Ted Nugent, Grand Funk and others proved in the past that the city mostly known for Motown music knows how to rock as well. Most Wanted have shown that the rock notoriety of the Motor City is nowhere near dead, either. – MW


Slow Burning Car – Assumption

Slow Burning Car – Assumption
Trifonic Records
The third CD from L.A. fivesome Slow Burning Car invites you to crank up the speakers from the first power cords and driving rhythms of lead track “The Ghetto And The Sea.” Kind of like STP on a Ramones trip with just the right touch of Alice Cooper-ish glam hooks, this is music that simply rocks…hard! However despite the influences, they craft the songs so it does not make you feel like you are hearing something that sounds like everyone else out there these days. Perhaps it is that unique combination of retro sounds with a modern feel; “Dimples” for example sounds like it could have been a hit in the late 80’s…or right now. “Carnaby Shuffle” makes you feel like you are dancing your butt off in a seedy waterfront dive, and having fun doing it. “Day Brightener” proves that they can also handle ballads, not the pretentious hair metal type, but the type with a true vibrance. Although as you go through the CD you realize these guys have serious chops, you get a highly enjoyable overview of their musical prowess with the prog-influenced instrumental “The Scorpio Complex.” Slow Burning Car is one of those bands that really deserves wider spread recognition, and perhaps “Assumption” will be the CD that makes that happen. – MW


Thomas Corsaut – Forced Perspective

Thomas Corsaut – Forced Perspective
House Rules Music
Thomas Corsaut is the type of singer-songwriter that has that certain something you can’t quite put your finger on, but it works to wonderful effect. Maybe it is eclectic influences, running the gamut of a jazzier version of The Killers, to Buddy Holly-esque boogie, melding with alt-folk ala Billy Bragg. The rich tonal quality to the vocals, like Fred Schneider without the sprechgesang is augmented by a plethora of instruments ranging from acoustic guitar to horn sections to Island percussion; all in just the right doses. Thomas also proves an adept lyricist, weaving words from life experiences into the overall tapestry, creating music that feels more like art without being overbearing or pompous. You can’t find a song that is not infectious in some way or another, and Thomas pulls this off not with comforting hooks, but a knack for creating organic, subtly lively music that becomes, well, comforting of its own volition. – MW