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RAIN 267d Cranmore Boulevard (2008)

UK three piece band (not the one who were signed to Z Records) who release this their third album and like the previous two all proceeds go to local children's charities - they have raised an impressive 10,000 so far. They describe themselves as 'dad rock for the IPod generation', although personally I'd plump for the light pop rock of the Lightning Seeds and REO Speedwagon (vocalist Alan Sinnett really sounds like REO's Kevin Cronin at times).

'Overload' (very tasty guitar solo on this one) and 'Juice' are superb pop rockers that mix acoustic and electric guitars to great effect coupled with piano. 'Johnny & June' couples an interesting lyric with more acoustic meets electric musical backing. 'Holes In My Pocket' is the band's ballad moment and again the acoustic side of the band comes to the fore.

The band can mix it up nicely as the acoustic blues of 'Memphis' shows. A fabulous end to a very enjoyable album.

Heartily recommended for lovers of AOR and pop rock, be it the Lightning Seeds, REO Speedwagon or Toto (for a three piece band they really add a welter of musical instruments). Plus the added bonus that the money you spent on the CD goes to charity!


Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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