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A band with a terrible band name with a worse album title that does nothing hard.

The latest album from Italian trio E.Z. Riders is more steeped in classic American Southern Rock and Blues than previous tries, but on this occasion (the third time) has been delivered without charm.

E.Z. Riders' (the E.Z. stands for Experienced Zydeco) new album is the horrifically titled 'Try Hard...Or Die Hard' that goes for an AC/DC Blues-Rock via Creedence Clearwater Revival but with all traces of balls removed and guitar licks slowed down. Like a rock and roll band terrified of the words 'high' and 'voltage'. It's all plodding, non-threatening background music that wouldn't be out of place at something like a wedding reception.

The album's big saving grace is the rhythm section of drummer Rodolfo Ridolfi and his bass playing brother Luigi. Their seamless understanding of not only southern American Rock but also of each other's playing provides a sometimes infectious backdrop to Alessandro Alessandrini's meanderings and hollow vocals. The foot-tapping simplicity of 'Down In Mississippi' works thanks to the Ridolfi's shuffle and bounce that gives it a real Southern Rock vibe, more impressive when you consider it is far from their Italian home which gives you hope for the rest of the album.

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Optimism is quickly crushed when 'Heartbreaking Mood' begins with the famous Bonzo bash that heralds the start of Led Zeppelin's 'Rock and Roll' but reveals itself to be a poor imitation of a Status Quo three chord boogie, and a sloppy 'The Shape I'm In' plods on unremarkably.

A band with a terrible band name (pronounced Eezee Riders, English boy) with a worse album title that does nothing hard. It's time to try again...

Dan Bond

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