One listen to Plastic Yellow Band and you'll find yourself taken aback with their classic rock sound. Perhaps it is the vocals, the lyrics - or the authenticity that each of their songs carry. The band's album, Breathe Air, nestles nicely in today's rock world, but also could have easily fit in with the likes of Pink Floyd, Boston and Yes.
The album's opener "Lonely Place" merges singer/songwriter elements with a nod to the rock of the 70's. There is a feeling that the lead singer and writer, Gerald Jennings, wanted the listener to be immediately enveloped in what Plastic Yellow Band's objectives as a band and their overall sound. "She's My Woman," blends a kind of Led Zeppelin-esque vibe with a fervent and sentimental tale of a man on fire for his love, and vehemently determined to tell the world about her.
"I Want To Feel Your Love," is a slower cut with vocalist Dana Rideout offering her relaxing, yet forceful timbre. The guitars breeze by her voice allowing for a serene and amorous sensitivity as Jennings joins in. On "Alone (It's Hard)" the band gives nod to 80's with a synth heavy multi-layered track that oscillates long as the song is over. The last three songs, "Sunlight" (I), (II) & (III) present listeners with a full view of what Plastic Yellow Band is all about - birthing the new classic rock sound. The "Sunlight" suite complements a well-developed 12 song album.
Plastic Yellow Band states that they are inspired by "the tradition of an era when music wasn't considered authentic unless it was composed and played by musicians." Breathe Air, without a doubt, personifies that inspiration.
Final Grade: A
Prime cuts: "Lonely Place," "I Want To Feel Your Love," "Climate Change" & "Sunlight (I), (II) & (III)"
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