Long Odds and Loose Ends
Every once in a while I run up against a release that is difficult to review. Not because the music isn’t good but instead because it is difficult to neatly categorize. If say The 7Cs play FM radio rock ’n’ roll, what does that mean? Does “FM radio” even exist anymore. I’m not convinced that it does. The trouble for me as a reviewer is that’s exactly what I hear when I play Long Odds and Loose Ends – FM radio rock ’n’ roll.
The 7Cs’ brand of rock ’n’ roll is timeless thought. If they released this album in the ’70s or ’80s I would have compared them to Kiss or Aerosmith. If they came along in the ’90s I could have said they sound like Nada Surf or the Screaming Trees. Maybe in the early aughts I probably would have tossed The Strokes as a reference. Their sound has enough breadth to at one moment evoke The Kinks (“One Big House”) and in the next borrow from The New York Dolls (“Monkey Bar Lover”).
With all that said, don’t let the limitations of my skills as a reviewer stand in the way of this record. How can you go wrong with music that has kinship with each of those artists? Long Odds and Loose Endsis a fantastic rock album. This style of rock has been popular since the late ’60s and will never go out of style. And with that being the case, I recommend that you check them out. (George Dow, THE NOISE BOSTON)
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