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On disc: Blackwood Creek



Blackwood Creek - Lars Bjrn - 3 stars
Blackwood Creek - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars


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Blackwood Creek

Blackwood Creek
(Frontiers - 2009)


Kip Winger was earlier on involved with Blackwood Creek, and now he takes another turn with the melodic rock band Blackwood Creek from USA. Kip and his brother Nate Winger runs the band together with Peter Fletcher. Even though Kip Winger is a great singer I don't see the fantastic elements in this CD. They play soft pop rock and melodic rock'n'roll, but only After Your Heart and Your Revolution has a glimpse of sparkling ignitions about them, the rest of the songs are unfortunately uninteresting. I wish I could say something more positive and constructing about this release from Blackwood Creek, but it is a boring album no matter how you look at it.


3 stars

Lars Bjrn
 

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Blackwood Creek

Blackwood Creek
(Frontiers - 2009)


Actually Blackwood Creek isn't a new band, even if it looks like that. But the band was founded about 40 years ago by Kip Winger, his brother Nate and their friend Peter Fletcher. Around 1980 they went separate ways and in 2007 their musical paths crossed - and Blackwood Creek came alive again. Musically it can't be compared with Winger, they are more based in classic rock. The opener Out In Outer Space is a fast, guitar-driven rocker while the following Nothing But The Sun is a melodic rock tune with harmony vocals. Dead Stung is another rocker, riff-based and with a light modern touch and at the same time somehow retro... One of my favorites on the album. After Your Heart kicks off with acoustic guitars, but then they add some electric guitar - cool number! Albatross follows the same scheme, but also differs. Sounds weird? Well, listen to the songs and you'll know what I'm talking about! Love Inspector sounds Kiss-like - with Paul Stanley having a raspy voice... Doesn't really fit in, at least in my opinion... With Joy Ride they are back on track. The riff-based rocker is fun! The closer is called Wooden Shoe, an epic tune with slow, acoustic passages, counterpart vocals and heavier parts with harmony vocals la Yes. Quite interesting...
Classic rock fans and fans of Kip Winger should give it a try, it's not a masterpiece, but a quite decent album which is fun to listen to!


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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