Imagine that you are stepping into a time machine headed for the 60s for a second. Imagine all of the rock history you would be experiencing once you arrived.
While it may be impossible to travel back in time, the latest album from the band Rival Sons, titled Pressure and Time, is a good consolation, featuring ten tracks that answer the question of “whatever happened to good old rock?”
Pressure and Time truly rocks like a Led Zeppelin album, featuring a very soulful rock element. Not only does this album delve back into the Zeppelin day, but also into a very classy and soulful sound similar to that of Jimi Hendrix.
Fans of classic rock everywhere will enjoy this album. While nothing can truly live up to the nostalgia found in throwing Physical Graffiti or Axis: Bold as Love onto a record player, Pressure and Time continues the nostalgic legacy that such albums created, and in the process, creates a nostalgic feeling that can also relate to the modern day. In a time full of auto-tuned music and bass drops, this album revisits what music used to be- rocking guitars, groovy bass, entrancing drum solos, and crazy vocals that one can’t help but love.
“Young Love” is an instant favorite from the album. A very groovy beat, Zeppelin-style guitars, and spacey vocals carry the song. The track sounds like what a trip back to the 60s would probably feel like.
“Only One” is one of the best tracks on this album. It sounds very much like a hit in the making. This song is much lower key than most of the songs on this album. Very similar to Hendrix’s “Bold as Love,” the track just has a very cool and vibey sound to it, almost as though it could be something that one would enjoy while laying out by the pool on a summer day. The guitars get much more bluesy sounding on the track, making this a very unique track on the album. Another great element to this song can be found in something that has been missing from pop music for a long time: excellent use of the organ. This song rocks like a soundtrack to the summer song, and just sounds like a hit in general.
“Burn Down Los Angeles” is a very in-your-face track. It features heavy guitar, hard-hitting drums, and vocals that are perfect for this style of music. This song feels like a true rock song, and there’s really no other way to describe it.
“Gypsy Heart” is easily the best example of great guitar work. Just as is true with most of the album, much of what is done is very simple, but that simplicity works because these are the types of in-your-face licks that stick in one’s head.
Although I am in no way complaining about rock music today, the classic rock sound has been greatly missed. It hasn’t been gone thanks to bands such as Wolfmother and The Darkness, but it just hasn’t had the effect that it had in the past. Rival Sons are fairly new to music in general, but this album has the potential to bring classic rock back in a way that it hasn’t before. From start to finish, this album is still the same great record. It is truly one of those albums that one listens to the whole way through. Classic rock never had to die, it just needed to be reinvented. Pressure and Time reinvents that sound, and big things truly could come from this album.