Bye Bye Blackbirds, The / Boxer At Rest
Album: Boxer At Rest   Collection:General
Artist:Bye Bye Blackbirds, The   Added:Mar 2020

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Add Date: 2020-08-17 Pull Date: 2020-10-19

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Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2020-07-18
“Boxer At Rest” The Bye Bye Blackbirds
Local, Oakland-based band is back with harmony-laden, guitar rock that has “swagger and smarts” — according to their one-sheet. Led by Bradley Skaught, the band has a strong Bay Area following and regularly plays live. This album is about “the passing of friends, loved ones, artists and inspirations” — with the tracks waiting for months while founding member, Lenny Gill, recovered from a heart transplant. Big chords, ringing guitars and soaring harmonies. RIYL: Tom Petty, the Byrds and similar bands.
— Francis

Recommended: 1, 8, 4, 5, 7. No FCCs detected.

1. (3:40) You Were All Light – Cracking, straight-ahead guitar-driven rock. Harmonized lead guitars. Rockin’ electric guitar licks. Cool horns added. ****
2. (1:55) How Do We Stay? – Peppy pop rock with tumbling drums, crashing cymbals and searing and chugging guitars.
3. (5:15) So True – Mid-tempo rock. Big chords with guitar stingers that are a throwback to Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills on “Super Session” — plus rich harmonized lead vocals. Really nice guitar trail-out.
4. (3:34) Baby It’s Still You – Americana-flavored rock or alt-country, in a style reminiscent of the Byrds. Bold brass added in the chorus. ***
5. (2:52) Words & Signs – Beautiful acoustic ballad. Sweet, smooth vocals. ***
6. (2:39) Watch Them Chime – Rolling, laid-back guitar anthem — again, with richly harmonized vocals.
7. (3:05) War Is Still Hell – Bouncy, rollickingly fun tune with energetic guitars and sharp drumming — plus great guitar work in the lead breaks. **
8. (7:42) If It Gets Light – Chugging prog rock with a rapid bass line and a pounding beat. Psychedelic guitar solos that build to searing levels in the lead breaks. Epic length. Really good! ***
9. (2:42) All Our Friends – Rich, warm guitar-driven tribute to lost friends.

Track Listing
1. You Were All Light   5. Words & Signs
2. How Do We Stay?   6. Watch Them Chime
3. So True   7. War Is Still Hell
4. Baby It's Still You   8. If It Gets Light
  9. All Our Friends