Terry Anderson & The Olympic Ass Kickin Team “More Smooth Jazz and Sweet Sweet Jams”
Terry and the OAK team are back. Terry Anderson is a rock and roller plain and simple, he strives to be the heir apparent to Rockpile and Tom Petty. In other words, perfect music to drink your beer and sing along to. “Too Much Information” opens things up like a Dave Edumunds classic. The take-it-easy rhythm on “Gambled and Lost” is a nice combo of Dylan and The Stones.
My favorites are the hook-filled “Ridin’ Around” with great lines like “My musics too loud, that’s the worst you could say/Just kicking it out after school all day” and “318″ with it’s sweet harmonies making it a rootsy Beach Boys/Byrds hybrid. Fans of Greg Pope will like the heavier “Time For You To Go.” Once again, each song shines without any filler. We never get a real ballad, but the tone and tempo vary enough where its not an issue. Highly recommended.
The Above “The Above”
This Brooklyn four-piece combo create great rock, influenced by the sounds of British-era R&B – sure to please fans of The Creation, The Pretty Things and early Kinks. “What She Said” opens up with a hard driving rhythm and blistering lead guitar. “Bollywood Woman” gets a bit more mod, with farfisa organ and echoing vocals – it’s also a got a nice hook in the chorus. I have to give major props to David Horowitz superb guitar work here. Clean harmonies on “Walked Out On Me” and David’s vocal on “Don’t Believe in The Light” sounds just like Ray Davies. These are just a few highlights among many here. No filler, all killer cuts and highly addictive!