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Rose Hill Drive

Rose Hill Drive

(Megaforce; US: 22 Aug 2006; UK: 7 Aug 2006)

Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.  Having listened to the promo EP from Rose Hill Drive earlier in the year, the band reeked of blues-rock influences and very little else.  You can’t fault a band for trying real hard to make a classic album the first time out (the Meet the Beatles-aping cover, the “ellipsis suite” of songs right in the middle, the 7-minute rock epic “Reptilian Blue”, etc.), but you can fault them for not bringing a single original idea to the table.  The band works best when they’re at slow speed (like the lovely stripped-down acoustic ballad “It’s Simple”—how ironic), but when they’re blaring through the sub-Stones guitar noodling, you simply have to hold down your fast-forward button to get to anything beyond dull.  (Worse yet, their EP featured an “EP-only” track called “Intruder” where they displayed a fantastic mastery of rock dynamics—and of course, they leave it off their full-length; how very unfortunate).

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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