CD REVIEW: Rick Reynolds - Dinosaur Bones
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"fun & funkadelic"
"Reynolds let's it all hang out"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST:-
Sounding Rick (Rick Reynolds)
Label: Intimate Audio
Genre: Rock – Funk – R&B - Classic Jam Band
Sounds Like: Maroon 5, Robert Palmer, Chicago, Oingo Boingo
Technical Grade: 10/10
Weakness: Winded songs & catalogue
Tampa Bay native Rick Reynolds (Sounding Rick) releases his latest CD entitled: Dinosaur Bones in 2010. Reynolds is no stranger to the music business. Over an impressive musical career he has released multiple full length albums & has worked with the likes of Nazareth, Kasim Sulton, & George Clinton just to name a few. Reynolds brings himself along with his band of 6 to the table for this his 7th full length release.
The CD takes to flight with melodic intro piece “Tuesday Morning” an upbeat intro piece that serves up dynamic progressive rock groove, with dynamic musical flow & ebbing coupled with hooky harmonies & impressive vocal accents from Reynolds. Track 2 “Black & White” shifts gears a bit with its slamming rock groove meshed with well-placed vocal harmonies & passionate vocal delivery that flows & ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Dinosaur Bones” lets it all hang with it’s hard rocking guitar delivery, mesmerizing vocal reinforcements & thought provoking lyrical content As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Robert Palmer, Maroon 5. Chicago, Red Hot Chili Peppers, & even brief splashes of Aerosmith & Oingo Boingo. Right from the start you will notice Reynolds feels quite comfortable letting it all hang out, not holding anything back with respect to his musical expression. The overall musical signature is quite unique, upbeat, & has a hard rocking edge. I would classify this music as Funkadelic-R&B with a Hard Rock edge possessing vibrant melody & amazing musical textures layered everywhere. Musicianship is rock solid across the board as all band members write & play their musical parts extremely well. I especially liked some of the slamming low end rock-funk grooves presented on the CD. Beside the 4 piece standard delivery you will also notice lush layers of instrumentation layered along the way with impressive Hammond Organ, Horn Sections, Flute, Violin, Saxophone, impressive keyboard accents, amazing harmonies, slamming rhythm section & well placed sonic effects along the way. His vocal harmonies are extremely creative & well placed, as well as being well executed. The songs themselves are addictive, infectious & are extremely unpredictable. Song for song, you never really know what’s around the next corner. Dive deeper into the lyrical content you will discover even more amazing mysteries. No doubt the true meanings of some of these songs is buried deep within the lyrical content. Reynolds voice works well across the board & at times transcends pigeonholed. All songs possess a unique personality complete with signature groove are short & this CD pretty much has something for everyone. From slamming “You Asked” & “5 Body Blade”, to melodic “The Weather” to slow grooving “Politician” to passionate “The Stranger” this CD has something for just about everyone. The true brilliance of Reynolds shines through on some of the songs where he dares to share some personal secrets with you like on “Media Mania”, “I Say So”, & “Hip Hooray” The CD ends with “Mission Control” the perfect finale piece for this musical catalogue.
It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses when listening to Dinosaur Bones. All songs over 5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line, & as a result the catalogue as a whole is a bit winded.
Needless to say Dinosaur Bones by Sounding Rick (Rick Reynolds) is a fun & funkadelic vmusical experience. Rick Reynolds has proven himself yet again with this release & hits home with his experience & his ability to make the (singer to listener) musical connection. It’s strong suit – its rock solid consistency, song for song vibe, & overall musical brilliance of Rick Reynolds. The music is original, creative, extremely melodic, & like the aforementioned will lift your spirits without even trying. Equally as impressive is the songwriting virtuoso of Rick Reynolds as he sings, plays guitars, keyboards & even percussion on the CD. If he wrote all this music - well that makes his a 4 pronged musical threat. I really admire artists out there who are themselves & just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Rick Reynolds is one of these artists. So if you’re looking for an upbeat musical experience that possesses lot of musical variety, brilliant songwriting, that will lift your spirits in the process I highly recommend you jump head first into Sounding Rick by Rick Reynolds as soon as possible.
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