Tuesday, 30 September 2014

BULLFROG – Clearwater (CD)

I’ve had my eyes and ears on this Italian power unit for some time and I do own two of their three previous discs (the fourth is of course on my list of discs to purchase). They had my full attention from the first time I heard their 2004 release The Road To Santiago, with their riff-driven powerful heavy rock. Some Italian bands have a pretty strong accent (like us Swedes sometimes do), but this power trio sounds like they were born and bred in the American south. This album is even stronger than its predecessors! The riffs, the power, the earthy analogue sound and the raspy vocals from Francesco. But most of all – the songs! Ok, this may not be rocket science, but that’s also what makes it much harder. With rocket science you’ve got way more possibilities and ways to be unique, while here you have to work with what you got and make the best of it, which is just what Bullfrog does. Simple, classic, but so damn good! If you grew up on the classic riffs of the seventies with the bluesy roots still intact, for heaven’s sake, don’t miss out on this one!
Janne Stark
Year: 2014
Country: Italy

Label: Grooveyard Records

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