Label: Merge Records - MRG454 • Format: CD Album, Promo • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Power Pop
After Jeff and Steven McDonald reconvened Redd Kross in with the late-'80s line-up of guitarist Robert Choose To Play - Redd Kross - Researching The Blues and drummer Roy McDonaldthey seemed content to play the occasional festival show or short tour.
For Redd Kross fans waiting for more music, it looked like 's Show World might be it as far as new albums went. The brothers had a trick up their sleeve, though, and in they released Researching the Bluesa self-produced album that not only continues their stellar recorded legacy but gives it an electric boost.
Not that the brothers are all that old, but it sure sounds like they've tapped into some secret Choose To Play - Redd Kross - Researching The Blues of youth. Jeff McDonald 's voice sounds exactly like it always has, maybe even better; the band plays with a fire that any band made up of year-olds would be lucky to tap into, and most of the songs have instant classic status.
The hard rock songs like "Researching the Blues" and "Uglier" have the thunderous force that you'd expect from the group, but the best part of the album is the sweet and light power pop songs that form its core. It's always been easy to overlook the romantic nature of the band that ran underneath the loud guitars and outfits, but it's always been there and it proudly steps to the front on Researching.
The more cynical listeners may call it a mellowing, but that discounts the passion, energy, and power the band invest in the album. In fact, based on how hooky the songs are, how thrilling the performances are, and how great it all sounds, this may be the band's best record yet. If only every band that came back from years of inactivity, came back this strong.
Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date August 7, Track Listing. Researching the Blues. Jeff McDonald. Redd Kross.
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