by nathan schwalm (mythox007) - Oct 01, 2007
Awesome Color - Awesome Color
When I first grabbed this, I had no clue who Awesome Color is or how this would sound. The second I hit play, the sonic juices from the speakers filled my room with dynamic garage rock power with proto-punk and lo-fi attitude fused together. This is a must for fans of The Stooges, The Living Blue, late '60s Stones, MC5, and The Sonics. This Brooklyn band is simply awesome!
"Grown" starts the groove with a heavy Slade/Sweet glam drenched in Keith Richards guitar licks. This cut has nasal and raspy vocal attitude that would get the dancers, rockers, and bikers to rock simultaneously. "Ridin'" takes you on a journey through noise rock landscapes with bluesy Humble Pie mixed with explosive MC5.
The album cools off for a bit as "Free Man" has the laid-back Stones vibe with a bit of Slider-era T.Rex. "Dinosaur" is electrifying early King Crimson without the elite prog stuff and a Stooges jam added; it also has a wild case of some smokin' blues harmonica stuff too. The key track to this album is "It's Your Time." The tune features young Iggy Stooge alive and well with a "1969" vibe going on. The only downfall from being the best garage rock album of the year is the last two tracks as they are literally endless jams that end the album with a chaotic mess.
Despite the last 11 minutes, the first 25 minutes makes this awesome rock and roll that keeps the spirit of the late '60s alive. Overall, solid and tight tunes to crank up and keep in high rotation on your CD, computer, and iPod.