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    Connections – “Year One” – [Anyway]

    James Burke is *not* on lead vocals, instead it’s
    Kevin Elliot singing, and his brother Adam (from
    Times New Viking) pounding drum skins. Columbus
    Connections to other Ohio pure-flame-of-rock
    folks are strong. Hard not to think about GBV
    when the songs kick up the anthem catchiness
    and keep the chorus/verse/chorus quick and quit.
    The first 15 come at you in a flurry of two
    minute numbers, each chasing the tail of the
    previous one. Never overplaying nor overthinking
    and rarely overdubbing, immediacy is their current
    as scrawled on the back “Pretty Much First Take.”
    Just because our ears have been here before it
    doesn’t mean their pulse of power pop/rock is
    any the lesser. Sure, “1980 called” and I’m glad
    these guys answered the phone. And if that means
    a Mr. Rogers’ sample gets tacked on the best song
    here (“Love St.”), no problem. Guitar solos, Ace
    Frehley would approve so why not you. The money
    they save on face paint, they can spend on beer.
    Cleveland rocked, Dayton delights still but don’t
    discount Columbus.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm
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