The uptempo Karyline is a fun song that features the best of rock & roll and the best of country mixed together into a very cool and balanced song that features as sort of an easy introduction to this band’s music. After the solid opener, Cosmic American Derelicts continues with Annie Walks, which is one of my favorites on the album. The mix of pop, rock, roots and even a little blues comes out wonderfully well. The band plays in its own distinct style with a professional and passionate approach that makes Annie Walks a song that even has plenty of radio potential. And with the more uptempo, and slightly more alternative, You Say These Things they continue to go strong. The blend of styles and tight instrumentals to back up the passionate vocals make an infectious song that could cross-over to please fans in both spectrums of the bands music.
With Too Far, the band delves a little more into the americana side of their musical influences, but they hold on to their allegro tempo and keep the album rolling nicely. On Mainline however, they pace down a little bit, which provides for a nice breather and gives way for Cosmic American Derelicts to show that they also shine in that department, as it is one of the strongest tracks on the album. The build up and sound playing are a pleasure for fans of real and good music and Mainline could become a modern day classic.
Some classic rock and blues influences find its way into Crazy which is a song that is still growing on me. At first I had to get used to it a little bit, but there are so many great things to explore in this song. It’s a song that is built up in several layers and if you follow the tight rhythm in the drums that build a strong base for the strong vocals and accentuating guitar, you really do get to appreciate the real strength of this song.
Aren’t We is very likely to become a modest radio hit, as it has a bit of a rootsy R.E.M. sound that makes it very accessible for a large group of listeners, while the Derelicts stay true to their musical heritage. And with Eastern Bound they get back on the uptempo train and bring the country music back to life. The enthusiasm and musicality shines as the group plays with joy and passion.
The groovy Ain’t It Good To Lie is basically a bluesrocker that shows the depth of Cosmic Derelict’s musical range. And they mix in some classic pop (think Cream meets Men At Work) and give the whole thing a spin of their own to make another stellar song. And with Ms Raunchy they continue to portray that groovy sound, though the americana and blues influences are a bit stronger on this one.
We then reach the last track on the album, as Cosmic American Derelicts close up shop, for now, with the rock/rockabilly track Monkee (In A Dream). The song is surprisingly catchy and wraps up a long run of great music on a high note.
On “Cosmic American Derelicts”, we hear a band that is destined for great things as they reach out to the greatest of influences in different genres and are showing the will and talent to become one of the greats in this mixed genre themselves.