Raygun Rebels - 2010 - Bring Me Home
1. Here We Are
2. Lay Down Baby
3. Financial Distress Blues
5. I Want You
6. Let Me Go
7. The Killer
8. Bring Me Home
Surprisingly, Raygun Rebel's Bring Me Home promo was delivered to me in a neat digipack version, displaying great car- and road-oriented artwork. Nice start, old timers and good-looking girls tend to make me more eager to check out the music."Here We Are" as an opener to this 8-track album, was a good choice. It's sleazy in a blues-inspired kind of way, has a killer riff to get it all started, and is a great introduction to the singing style.
The vocals are very melodic, very music-driven, very poppy at times, but never sounds stale or just another layer on top of the music.
It's pretty clear that Raygun Rebels loves a pure sound, without adding too much layers to the mix. The negative side of this natural sound, is that there's not much thickness and power. Throughout an otherwise very well-written album, the lack of punch took away of the overall feel.
"Lay Down Baby" opens like AC/DC gone (even) dirtier. No hurry in getting started, the riff and lead lick just keep going. The lick fades into a hi-hat countdown, and up goes the tempo. Easy listening and very open to singing along, this is one of my favorite tracks.
The next track takes a more serious turn, because "Financial Distress Blues" is not really a complaint against today's capitalist society, but a rather positive, uplifting tale of wanting and making money. Not a topic I've heard much before in this genre, but it's a welcome change.
Ah, the obligatory ballad. "Goodbye" is bittersweet, as it should be, telling the all-known tale of love lost, what went wrong etc. etc. You've heard it before, but that's no reason to leave this song on the side. They manage to create a good 80's vibe here, and once the song bursts open, it's not as cheesy as you would think.
Back to the harder stuff then! "I Want You" leaves no trace of a doubt, this is no pussy-ass love song lullaby album. Once again telling the story of seeing and wanting that one chick, and you know it's damn challenging to even get her attention (even though she's a little easy, you know the kind). Good effort, catchy chorus and a nice way of dealing with the slutty-yet-perfectly-beautiful chick.
"Let Me Go" digs deeper in the blues vein that pumps life into this band. It's a very smooth-sounding song, countered with sharp lead guitar work. Great interaction between vocals and guitar here, and definitely one of the songs that stand out.
"The Killer" is built around a typical storytelling riff, giving the singer plenty of freedom to tell his back-alley crime story. Very rough guitar work adds to the grim feel of the lyrics, but to the inattentive listener, it's nothing more than a great rock song.
Last track on this somewhat short album, is the title track "Bring Me Home". Let me tell you, it swings, and it looks like the Rebels went all-out to finish this most decent piece of work. Hands down the biggest rocker on the album.
All in all, the (under)production of Bring Me Home makes it a hard listener, but bite through that first impression and you'll a diamond in the rough instead, leaving you wondering what these boys are capable of...