I’ve convinced that the music musicians loved when they were younger (somewhere between thirteen and nineteen years old) ends up being the style they create when they get older. I might be wrong but I’d be willing to bet that Rod Scott was very into ‘80s rock when he was a teenager. Journey, Scorpions and Dokken influences are all on his record Time Will Come. There is just no denying that. I would go as far as to say Time Will Come sounds like to came directly from the mid ‘80s.
All I really need to do to solidify my case is present you with the first song “Danger Zone.” The song is called “Danger Zone” for crying out loud which happens to be same exact name for the 1986 hit by Kenny Loggins. I’m sure even those of you in your twenties are familiar with the Kenny Loggins song. Scott’s “Danger Zone” ends up sounding closer to Scorpions and then Kenny Loggins. All things considered “Danger Zone” is a fun, unpretentious song and contains classic ‘80s rock tropes that will instill a sense of nostalgia to anyone born before 1981.The production is great and Scott absolutely tears up the guitar solo.
Between the song “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and the band Hurricane it's safe to say hurricanes were sort of a thing back in the ‘80s and that’s why I wasn’t all that surprised with the song title “Hurricane.” Scott sings, “Through the rollin thunder / And the driving rain / We stand together In the eye of the hurricane.”
“Black Rain” has a classic hard rock/blues and you could make a case for it being classic rock until you get to a little after the two-minute mark. The waves of distortion from the electric guitar coupled with a clean picked guitar that has a chorus effect was a classic ‘80s build up. I should also point out Kris Barras was on lead vocals. Kris Barras also sings on “Lost Highway” which is the most restrained song on the album. It’s bluesy, feels like it could be played in a dimly lit blues bar and still has an ‘80s sounding lead guitar.
I should point out that the ‘80s vibe isn't only from the music but also from the vocal delivery and lyrics. There is an inflection within Scott that instantly put my mind there and it's hard to pinpoint but you will recognize it when you hear it.
Overall, Time Will Come is a well-written and well-produced record. There is no filler and Scott can deliver the goods. I’m not sure how Scott classifies his music but for me and some of the people I played it for we thought we went through a wormhole and ended up in a time when “wax on, wax off” was a thing people said and slap bracelets were more than a novelty. Recommended.
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