As far as hard rock goes, sometimes the best place to look is not in the big bands. You know the type, the ones that have already “made it” and lost every bit of passion they had. But instead, you look towards the unknown bands, ones like Slumlord Radio.
The release Too Pretty For Tijuana is a dirty down to earth heavy rock record that does most things that a rock record should do. You get the required heavy chord sequences that provide us with the desired riffs. Behind these monstrous licks there is a heavy duty simple rhythm section that beat the crap out of their instruments. Put these together and you get a great slab of rock music.
There are two things I don’t like about this album. The first thing is the production, which is a bit too low budget for my cup of tea. If these guys had cleaned their sound up a little their music would be far more powerful in all the right places. The sound isn’t bad, far from it and not everyone can afford such things. As it stands, It just lacks that professional quality, which will no doubt appear on later releases.
My second issue is with the bands lead vocalist. This fellow has a fairly limited range and generally shouts every lyric on the album. It is a shame and a bit of a waste because their songs are rather good. They could benefit greatly from acquiring a singer with a little more range.
In conclusion, I feel that this is a fun short record that fans of low key hard rock or stoner rock (as some hippies like to call it) would love. Everything sounds decent enough, the songs are reasonably catchy and the energy is there. It may not be perfect but it is a great starting point.
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Track Listing :
- Debonair Dolomite
- Choke 66
- Fort Knox