The origins of Rayband go back to the 1990s, when Phil, Jim, Steve and Alan started working on musical projects together, but it wasn't until the year 2000 that Rayband was formed. They recently released Telling a Tale which is a nine-song album.
This felt like a straightforward classic rock album aligned with bands from the late ’60s and ’70s. “Blue Tinted Eyes” starts things off and the song revolves around distorted major and minor chord progressions, a 4/4 beat and familiar verse/chorus/verse/ type structure. On that note the song is well-delivered and quite catchy.
“What you Call the Blues” is a solid song but more of a ballad. I thought the vocals were quite good. I’m not sure if it was the mixing or performance but the dynamics on “The Meaning” wasn’t popping like the previous songs.
The dynamics gets back on track with “Why ask me.” There’s some creative guitar work towards the beginning of the song. This might be the most single worthy song in the batch. The structure and hooks were inviting.
“A Candle Burns” is more pensive and melancholy than any of the previous songs. The drums are mostly tom work and that combines tremolo infused guitar. “Telling a Tale” is also slightly different from any of the previous songs. This song growls with distortion in a unique way. The guitarist might be palm muting.
The band has more success with the catchy anthem “Cancel all the Crazies” and the melodic “I Wanted to be There.” Last up is “pop rock, rock - On Approval” which is a slow burn of blues and rock.
Suffice it to say the band will resonate with fans who are purists. I can’t say there were any surprises on these songs but they were well-written and some that stood out to me. Recommended.
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