Valley Lodge “Use Your Weapons”

Dave Hill and Valley Lodge return with a burst of high energy power pop that made their debut such a success. The opener “Go” is a hook-filled slice of catchy hand-clapping goodness and sets the stage for the rest of the tracks. “Sweet Elizabeth” is very much in the mold of The Sweet with an awesome percussion/guitar combo. Hill’s wry humor and vocals on “Kiss Me I’m Drunk” speak volumes with the pathetic pickup lines “I’ll love you till my dying days, or at least until my memory fades.”

The best tune of the album is also the strongest single I’ve heard all year, “Make Up Your Mind” channels Cheap Trick, and fits neatly into your Greg Pope mix. Lots of impressive guitar work all over “Waiting In The Rain,” however the funk-ed up “Gimme Gimme” got on my nerves by the 3rd chorus. A slower tempo tune here would’ve been nice, but overall this album is a fun, air-guitar encouraging listen. Highly Recommended.

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