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Give it time and it will soak into your heart quite comfortably.

California's golden Rock Gods Rival Sons were received as conquering heroes of the fledging Rock scene in 2014 when their release 'Great Western Valkyrie' set them on a path of acclaim and glory. In truth, the album was a solid step in the bands career, infusing more soulful elements and groove than previous releases.

For RS, it would have been too easy to just continue on the same musical journey but new release 'Hollow Bones' treads a more subdued path.
'Hollow Bones Pt. 1' has vocalist Jay Buchanan crying out a vocal of true anguish, the song weaves in and out of super slick percussion and untamed guitars, courtesy of the talented Scott Holiday.

The name Led Zeppelin gets tossed around a lot when you mention RS and I feel this does the band a disservice. They may well have drunk from the same musical well as Jimmy Page and Robert Plant but, like so many other artists I might add, RS have their own very distinctive take on things. That being stated, drummer Mike Miley has clearly mastered the John Bonham groove throughout 'Thundering Voices' to the extent that, at times, you wonder if you're hearing a Led Zeppelin out-take!

The moody Rocker 'Tied Up' pushes out some slow burning guitar work and soulful vocals with the songs only let down being the somewhat abrupt fade out, just as things get interesting.

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RS have never been afraid to offer a danceable melody, and 'Baby Boy' is that song. It has a poetic grace that lifts your feet off the floor, while 'Pretty Face' has a wonderful sixties Mod swing that continues the groovy feel.

The emotive thunder contained within 'Fade Out' reaches out and grabs you when you least expect it with Holiday letting slip slow burning guitar notes that just hang in the air as the song pushes forward. 'Black Coffee' may be just a bit too musically clever for its own good, so much so that it appears contrived at times.

The experimental edge of 'Hollow Bones Pt. 2' has the cerebral quality that The Doors used to such incredible effect, with only Buchanan's predictable vocal refrains rendering things a little unimaginative.

'Hollow Bones' is not an immediate album. Some of the songs sound like lost souls compared to its predecessor, but give it time and it will soak into your heart quite comfortably.

Ray Paul

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