Artist: The Easy Outs
Album: Desolate Row
This New Jersey band who call their music “street rock at its best” have released an album that reminded me a bit of early Doobie Brothers, The New York Dolls, The Cars and The Velvet Underground teamed with the innocence of early Monkees. Occasional 60’s keyboards laced with pop savvy guitars from Steve DeVito and Mike DePasquale create a fun party groove that just makes you feel good.
The rhythm section of Paul Lambert on drums and John DiVuolo on bass keep the album rocking, and pumping.
Vocalist Bruce Ferguson has a tinge of Young Rascals lead singer Felix Cavaliere in his pipes which is a great compliment. I very much enjoyed the team backing vocals as well.
Every song has a killer hook that really sinks its teeth in. I had a smile on my face listening to this album. You can’t help it.
This is a real retro sounding album. Well produced and brimming with nostalgia for the good old days when rock meant something and was ever present on the record player at parties.
Although it’s an album with fine songwriting and tremendous rehearsal and preparation there is an underlying feeling these guys just set up in the garage and let it rip.
A fine job all around gentlemen. Please keep the party going for a good long time!