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Riverdogs: California

After many years, the great band, Riverdogs, have reunited to release their 5th overall record entitled, California (Frontiers Music). This reunion features all of the original members; Rob Lamothe (vocals, guitars), Nick Brophy (bass, vocals) and Vivian Campbell (lead guitar), along with drummer Marc Danzeisen and showcases excellent songwriting, soulful vocals, solid rhythms and searing guitars. Fans of Riverdogs fanciful 1990 self titled debut will find California a welcomed step back to their roots as a band.

California is an 11 track record that finds a common thread of the sunny state of California running throughout. The commercially viable lead track, "American Dream", starts thing off with an upbeat and catchy number and "The Revolution Starts Tonight" keeps things rolling along a twinge more muscularity. But things get stepped up a notch with the glorious, "Something Inside". We are reminded of the golden, soulfully throated Rob Lamothe and his awe-inspiring vocals. This track conjures up a smokey, night club with its breathy and earthy vibe. It has been some 27 years since the Riverdogs debut album and Lamothe sounds as brilliant and smooth as he did in 1990. "Something Inside" is one of Lamothe's finest moments on California and his vocals are goose-bump inducing.

Vivian Campbell fans will be quite happy to hear Viv getting back to what put him on the guitar map to begin with, playing with some fire again and delivering some silky guitar leads. Just when you thought Def Leppard had killed him from playing the guitar, Viv follows up the great Heavy Crown record by his other side band, Last In Line, with this Riverdogs record that is filled with even more guitar than the Last In Line record. Viv delivers great guitar fills all over the place on California and offers up some fantastic and tasty guitar lead work on the aforementioned stand out track, "Something Inside" and on the almost moody and tranquil, "Ten Thousands Reasons" Viv rips a twisty and emotional filled guitar solo that is stand out. "Catalina" is another rocker that finds both Lamothe's passionate vocals and Campbell's riffing and guitar work at a feverish level.

Riverdogs have managed to capture the vibe and feel of their 1990 debut on their 2017 return with California and that is not an easy task. Lamothe's scotch filled vocals sound as perfect and literally the same as they did in 1990, their songs have been masterfully crafted with a solid rhythmic foundation and then on top of all of that we get to welcome back Guitar Hero, Vivian Campbell to fiery guitar solo world again. California is a mature record that shows 27 years of growth, while still sounding like the youthful band that was formed back in 1989. California is just a great, seasoned, well executed Rock record injected for 2017.

Nick Brophy: Bass, keys, vocals
Vivian Campbell: Guitars, vocals
Marc Danzeisen: Drums, vocals
Rob Lamothe: Vocals, guitar

Track Listing
1. American Dream
2. The Revolution Starts Tonight
3. Something Inside
4. Golden Glow
5. You're Too Rock And Roll
6. The Heart Is A Mindless Bird
7. Searching For A Signal
8. Welcome To The New Disaster
9. Ten Thousand Reasons
10. Catalina
11. I Don't Know Anything

Added: July 30th 2017
Reviewer: Butch Jones
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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