Amazing Royal Crowns
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
with fins. Think white t-shirts and greased back hair.
Think good ol' rock n' roll. Are you thinking all of that
now? Well if you are you can assign it this name - The Amazing
Royal Crowns. These guys are rock n' roll - the way elvis
meant for it to be before all of that Blue Hawaii crap.
This is "Hound Dog" style. "King" Kendall
describes their sound as "Greasy rock 'n' roll, punk rock,
If you want
a more recent band to compare their style to, try Stray Cats -
only a little tougher. The music has a driving force behind
it, and if you are in the mood to dance, you are gonna sweat to
this one. The CD has fourteen tracks, but is only just over
a half hour long. Each song goes by quickly, keeping with
the style of the album. If any of the songs were much longer,
they would be too long. Any shorter and they would be too
short. Maybe they should have just tossed on more tracks,
but who am I to complain?
Rhode Island, quartet is not retro. Their style, though
it is rockabilly, incorporates some punk influences as well.
When listening to the album one can tell the band is not trying
to be "hip." Instead, they are just trying to
have fun. Their music shows they enjoy what they are doing,
and what they are doing is making music. Mighty Mighty Bosstones
lead singer, Dicky Barrett, has said "They're everything
I ever liked about rock 'n' roll, yet like nothing that's ever
been before." Dicky is right.
Kendall's voice fits the musical style perfectly. It's deep
sound, with rough edging is perfect for this type of music - very
reminiscent of early Elvis at times. Jack "The Swinger"
Hanlon offers up an excellent backbone of bass, including some
superb solo work. Johnny "The Colonel" Maguire
delivers riffs that race through the music, keeping up the drive.
He too, has some excellent rockabilly solo work. Lest we
forget, Judd Williams is on drums. If it were not for his
drum work, with the high-hat rides, cymbal hits, and toe-tapping
beats - the music would lose some of its flair.
I have one
qualm about this album, and that is its lack of production.
The album was recorded in two days with no overdubbing whatsoever.
This was all at the request of the band, who wanted to keep the
spirit of rockabilly and the live sound associated with it.
While this is a noble idea, I think a little more production would
have helped a bit, as some of the highs and lows are lost within
the vocals, and vice versa. This idea may have worked a
little better on a follow-up album or maxi-cd, not on their first
major label release. I know, this is not a HUGE deal, but
it affects the album quality nonetheless.
If you are
in the mood for some good ol' rock 'n' roll, check out this album.
People love roots, and this album digs down into the roots of
where today's music came from, without leaving the generation
liked The Amazing Royal Crowns...
Shiverin in the Corner
2. Do the Devil
3. Fireball Stomp
4. Scene of the Crime
5. Minute with the Maker
7. Mr. Lucky
9. 1965 G.T.O.
10. King of the Joint
11. Wreckin Machine
12. If He Can't
13. Harem Caravan
14. Swimming in Drinks