Mother Road's DRIVE is everything that first made me fall in love with Rock & Ro
DRIVE is everything that first made me fall in love with Rock & Roll! We might venture out a bit in musical taste and exploration, but we always enjoy coming back home. This is a wonderful time to be a classic rock fan if you're open to checking out some new music. It makes me proud to have had the privilege of growing up during the era of music that MOTHER ROAD respectfully and unabashedly celebrates with a modern flair here in the 21st Century.
You know how you'll think of an old song or hear it on the radio out of the blue, and it just has that special something that has lasted the test of time and still gives you goosebumps? The songs on DRIVE are so good—musically, lyrically, and in their delivery—that they come off like instant classics. They'll remind you at times of some of your favorite bands, singers, and songs, but as soon as you think you've nailed which one, they switch it up. Their performance is authentic, though, and the more I listened, I felt that the songs were simply and honestly the result of playing what naturally came out. I believe that DRIVE is an album that can stand alongside the classics in its own merit. The whole album, while evoking an era past, has such a fresh and lively feel to it. The production and mix, which they handled themselves, are very well done—I couldn't pick out anything that I would personally change.
Chris Lyne (SOUL DOCTOR, HEARTLYNE, LIZZY RELOADED) has the sort of electrifying sparkle in his playing and his tone that I've always loved about guys like Gary Moore, Ronnie Montrose, John Sykes, and the list goes on. He is the sole guitarist in the band, and he rises to the challenge. But he makes it seem effortless; to me it sounds like he is just reveling in the joy of playing with such emotion, attitude, and versatility.
Keith Slack (MUDPIE, MSG, STEELHOUSE LANE) has, in my opinion, the quintessential golden voice of true Rock & Roll today. I've read that he started out in music playing the drums. Well, whoever talked the man into picking up a microphone should be commended. His voice, smoky, soulful and powerful, is smooth deep in the low ranges and has just the right amount of growl and rasp when he gets up there in the scale. The man sounds so much like classic David Coverdale at times, he's liable to find Tawny Kitaen slithering across the hood of his car! And I would not be surprised.
It sounds like the spirit of Jon Lord has graced Alessandro Del Vecchio (EDGE OF FOREVER, EDEN'S CURSE, HARDLINE, SILENT FORCE), who seems to channel him easily at times. Alessandro's work in the aforementioned bands is impressive, but I don't think we'd heard the best of him until now. I dare you to listen to him play that B3 like a boss or tickle the ivories with a Calloway flair and not get goosebumps. This is what's been missing in great rock music for a long, long time.
Any time I've seen Zacky Tsoukas (SOUL DOCTOR, ERRORHEAD) play is every bit as fascinating as listening to him. He's all over that set of drums with a wonderfully energetic skill, style, and precision, dazzling the casual fans and the impressionable hopefuls. Guys like Ian Paice and John Bonham were some of his favorites growing up, and I've no doubt he could hold his own with them.
Frank Binke (KINGDOM COME, SOUL DOCTOR) has a warm, smooth, vintage sound with some funky rock grooves, perfectly holding down the bottom end with finesse. His bass playing is the perfect complement to his bandmates and the music they've created.
This assembly of talented musicians really hit the mother lode with MOTHER ROAD, for here is where the radiance of their individual and collective artistry really shows.
The only thing I didn't like about the album was when it was over. So I played it again. And again.
DRIVE is an impressive introduction to the band MOTHER ROAD. I'm so glad that they are carrying the torch for the timeless music our generation will continue to enjoy and share with the next. And so begins the journey again.
I highly recommend that you go out and buy your own copy, put it in your stereo, roll down the windows, and enjoy it for yourself.
Flawless. Utterly delicious. Rating: 10/10.
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