The Lone Crows

Album Title: 
World In Sound
Release Date: 
Friday, June 14, 2013
Review Type: 

The Lone Crows is a US psych blues rock quartet composed of Tim Barbeau - Lead Vox, Guitar; Julian Manzara – Guitar, Andy Battcher - Bass  and Joe Goff – Drums. Musically, this is the basic blues rock formula perfected by Wolfmother, Triggerfinger and Black Keys, a liberal dose of Jimi Hendrix, a pinch of Muddy Waters and flavoured with a whole wild bunch of fantastic guitar solos. The debut album by The Lone Crows features 9 songs at less than 50 minutes and it doesn't seem like struggle to get through it all. All the songs have distinctive hooks despite not being terribly ground breaking. But that's OK, not everything has to push the musical envelope.

The opening track "Lone crow" features a nerve wrecking well-known guitar riff against a head-nodding drum. “You got nothing” and “When I move on” share a southern feeling that recalls ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Difficult to pick out highlights on an album where each song contains several of its own, but “Heard you call” which swings like a Santana spinn-off, "Moonshine" a lost DeWolff-track, the thrilling "Running through my head” with a Quicksilver Messenger Service clash of guitar solos and screeching organs, sound fantastic.

Three words describe this album perfectly: Fresh, catchy and unpretentious.