A couple of weeks ago, Jeff from View from the Cloud posted about his band, The Receders, having a CD being released. I’m always looking for new music so I plunked down the reasonable $12.00 (right here through the handy order form) for their debut album, “One Night Stand,” and sat by my mailbox, breathless with anticipation. A week later, it arrived, and about three hours ago I stuck it into my iTunes and started listening to it. And I’ve listened to it three times so far.
Jeff and his band have put together a clean, professional, studio quality CD that is catchy and has a timeless quality to it. It’s hard to pick out the influences, but to my very untrained ear, it sounded like a mix between Dire Straits, They Might Be Giants, ZZ Top, Chuck Berry, and maybe some Blues Traveler. As someone who has an eclectic taste in music, from Britney Spears to Nine Inch Nails, I really appreciated the diverse styles that are prevalent with each subsequent track.
These guys obviously know how to play, from the harmonica to the guitar to the drums and keyboard. They’re clearly skilled musicians writing and playing very clean, sharp, tight music. I think that it would be nice to hear what happens when they let their (figurative) hair down, let loose, and play by the seat of their pants. Maybe for their sophomore album.
So, if you’re on the hunt for some new music and want to support a blogger at the same time, go pick up Jeff’s band’s CD.
(Disclosure: This was not a paid review nor was I asked to review this CD. I purchased it, listened to it, and wrote this review of my own volition, and it is my unadulterated opinion.)