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ALBUM: “The Hot Country.” Feb 2005 Release


VERA: Buffalo Based Band Consisting of: Ryan Besch –Jay Mazzariello – Mike S. – Arterial Skomra - Kristin Gilmet


It isn’t very often that one comes across an album that holds a firm foundation that could hold up through the sands of time. It has been done with the likes of Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue”, Pink Floyd’s “Darkside of the Moon”, Wilco’s “Hotel Yankee foxtrot”, Morphine’s “Good” and Hayden’s “everything I long for” just to name a few. What makes a great album is seamless flow that whispers in your ears or sets a mood of many moods. It can quietthe screech of the everyday grind and soothe the soul away from the everyday norm. It can also heighten a good toke or that last glass of beer or wine. There are not many albums that can conquer this but this is one of them. “The hot Country “ is like wading in an ocean of sound each wave that splashes past you is that much more powerful, energetic and calming. From track to track I found myself being absorbed while absorbing all that was flowing my way. If you have not yet purchased this album you best get on your horse cowboy because this is one for you and the lady when the sun is setting and its time for the steady dose of “getting it on”. The flavor I felt from this was a more macho sounding Nathan Merewether (not to say that he’s not macho but jay comes across stronger to me) but I also taste a bit of Greg Dulli from the Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers with a potpourri of others like Luna, Morphine, a bit of Portishead and yes Pink Floyd. So do what you will with this you all but check em out and pick up the disc it is money well spent. I leave you with these parting words that will sum up what I am talking about. They are from my boy Bruce Lee who says “you can never step into the same flowing water twice” and that may be true yet when you listen to this album each time is a new and wonderful experience.


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