Rollo Time and River Rouge

Rollo Time “Victims of The Crown”
When we hear the opening chords of “You Can Talk.” it’s clear that Rollo Time has changed from its debut. It’s a good single, with the right amount of rock bluster in the chorus. But there is less stylistic experimenting and more of a commercial rock sound here. The exception is “Eyman Prison,” a delightful standout with a 10cc like lyrical quality.

The hard guitar riffs make the pop compositions stand out in some cases, like in “Where Is Mine” with its odd backing sound effects. Another gem is the hook laden riffs and harmonies on “I Can’t Believe This Day.” Like a mix of Joey Sykes and Marillion with its shambling rock melodies, the eccentricities of the songs will keep you paying attention, but it loses steam by the albums end. However there is enough good music to make it worth repeat listens, so give it a try.

River Rouge “Not All There Anymore”
River Rouge, Michigan is a downriver heavily industrialized suburb of Detroit. The band River Rouge is Detroit-born Andre Comeau (lyrics, vocal, guitar), Randy Morris (bass) along with a solid group of backing musicians. The opening number “Black Licorice” is an electric rock single that impresses with Comeau’s gin soaked growl.

The band doesn’t reach that apex again, but the quick folk rock melodies of  “Usurper Hero” and countrified “Arc Welded Love” are both decent songs. “Good at Goodbye” is a straight ahead rocker, and other than the booze soaked “No Good For Nothing” the remaining tracks aren’t that compelling, but the last track titled simply, “Yes” is a wonderful tune along the lines of Steve Winwood’s Traffic.  The two “bookended” tracks are really impressive and hopefully the next album will build on this potential.