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Raggedy Ann - 2002 Dreamcatcher

Brian Carson - vocals
Aaron Reames - guitars, vocals
Steve Bolla - bass, vocals
Mike Lunden - drums, vocals

I know it sounds like a cliche but would someone get off their arse and put a contract in front of these guys? Who needs older hard rock bands reforming when we've got guys like Raggedy Ann doing just as good a job in 2002, perhaps even better. Raggedy Ann probably don't want to labelled as a late 80's/early 90's band but that's just what they sound like, combining the sounds of Britny Fox, Lynch Mob, and Hericane Alice. 'Dreamcatcher' is the second album from this Michigan based band, who do plenty of gigging in the state. Brian Carson on vocals has a slightly gravelly voice akin to Bruce Naumann (Hericane Alice) and Fernando Garcia (Victory). From his performance I'd say Carson was sweating blood in the studio, combining heaps of passion and a big dose of attitude. While Brian is stripping layers off his throat, guitarist Aaron Reames is pulling out many infectious riffs and solos. His influences, such as George Lynch, the late Randy Rhoads, and Ratt's Warren DeMartini, are clearly evident. We have a major talent here people.

The Songs
The songs on 'Dreamcatcher' are mainly heavy rockers, but naturally with this style of music you get a couple of ballads thrown in. I can't fault any of the tracks, they're all high quality and are backed by a big production. The songwriting is also impressive, but there are a couple of songs that take top billing. 'Holy Water' is brilliant, as is the rousing ballad 'One More Time'.

In Summary
Check out the bands website for live video footage, which goes to prove that they kick butt on stage as well as in the studio. I'd love to see these guys live, but for the moment I'll just have to play my air guitar to 'Dreamcatcher'. Now, where's my tennis racquet.....


Track Listing:
01 Super Hero
02 Stop
03 Rain On My Parade
04 Dream Catcher
05 On More Time
06 Holy Water
07 Fine Line
08 Show Me The Way
09 Walk On Fire
10 The Sign

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#1 | rkbluez on November 19 2009 11:28:40
Killer band that with the right breaks could of been huge as they'd appeal to fans of YandT and Van Halen and classic 80's hair metal although they are on the harder darker side of that style...great rocking tracks like Holy Water and it's huge riff that reminds you of the best of classic YandT and kicks major ass...with a good front man and a great guitarist...used to sell their CD and it did very well for a band no one heard of til I played it for them. If you see this CD pick it up and also look for their first CD Arizona which is pretty good if a little more commercial.

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