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    Welcome to the EvO:R Independent CD Reviews Section.
    I would like to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves to everyone. The EvO:R review section features reviews from various independent musicians that submit material for our consideration.

    I wanted to let you know a little about our review teams collective thoughts on music. It's important to let the people we review know what we think of their music and how we listened to their creations.

    We hold nothing back! The team has been instructed to be honest and respectful of all CD's reviewed.
    The EvO:R CD Review Team
    Artist: The Buffalo Crows
    Album: Black Tooth Smile
    Genre: High octane driven rock n’ soul
    Rating: 8.5 out of 10
    Website: Band Official Website
    Downloads: Music
    Best track: Sally Friday
    Reviewed by: Jennifer Hurtzler
    Edited by: Michael Rand
    Review Comments: therandbrand@gmail.com

    Let’s be honest for just a second shall we. I get a lot of albums sent my way for review and I mean a lot. Most of them don’t do anything for me. They don’t always get happily placed in the CD player, but the ones that do usually get a three song stay of execution and generally if they last past that they get my full unadulterated attention.

    Sometimes I’m hooked from the first track, and that’s precisely what happened when I put the latest release in by Australia 5 piece band The Buffalo Crows entitled Black Tooth Smile. The album bursts to life with the fantastic rocked out fusionist sound and follows through with a wonderful sequence of songs, eight of them to be exact. It twists and turns the way great albums should with a little bit of rock, a little bit of high octane driven rock n’ soul and a lot of harmonic goodness.

    The Buffalo Crows are Crowfoot (Vocals and Guitar) The Reverend Russ Redford (Harmonica) Eric T. Loi (Solo Guitar) Rob Wilson (Bass) and Phantom Limb (Drums). I really like to song line up – the way each song transitions through to the next creating much in the way of a party gone out of control. So many bands and record labels get this basic skill so wrong.

    They fail to listen to the songs at their disposal and seemingly throw the album together without giving it any real thought. I’ve known people who work to formulas making sure that their best songs start and finish the album with the remaining tracks squeezed between in a slapdash fashion. That’s not the case with Black Tooth Smile in fact each track could probably survive on its own merits, but the album just flows so well. The Buffalo Crows could easily heralded as classic sounding classic-rock but there is so much more to them. I hear Lynard Skynard, Jethro Tull, Barefoot Truth, and even Humble Pie on steroids.

    Some pieces stand out like the more appealing to a mass audience “Black Dog Song” and “Day After Day” but there is a deeper and darker edge to songs like “Dark Lord Rising” and “Ghost Lament”. The strategic interweaving of systemic melody and impressive rumble tumble vocal performances from Crowfoot is a delight, but the solid rhythmical foundation of this band is essential to their artistic and commercial potential.

    The sound is that of the golden era of popular music in the Sixties and the Seventies when musicianship did matter! But the beauty of this record is the use of all mod-cons forcing The Buffalo Crows strong relevance into the modern world.

    I am left bemused how they are not yet a household name. It’s not a case of all the elements being present i/e the production, is bit sloppy and sounds like it was recorded 20 years ago. I will also add this sound is compatible with their jagged edge sound. Maybe I’m lucky enough to be in on the ground floor? Maybe things are just about to kick on for these guys? Whatever it is make sure you get hold of this album. Black Tooth Smile is a must have and in the class of al by itself. Looks like old school Rock n’ Roll is still alive – especially down under!
    Reviewed by: Jennifer Hurtzler
    Edited by: Michael Rand
    Review Comments: therandbrand@gmail.com
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