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Blue Ruin - 1992 Blue Ruin

ARTIST: Blue Ruin
ALBUM: Blue Ruin (6 Track)
LABEL: Turnip Records
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Carl Gent - vocals * Rob Thomas - guitars * Fred Longo - guitars * Joe Edwards - bass * Frank Thomas - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Old Pine Grove * 02 Rock And A Hard Place * 03 Misty Eyed And Blue * 04 Take It Or Leave It * 05 Desire * 06 Best Won't Do

Blue Ruin were a melodic rock outfit from New Haven Connecticut. They plyed their trade during the early nineties, and though based in the Northeast Ivy League territory, their music was southern-fried, in a commercial sense such as Tangier and Aerosmith, though there is a slight Guns N Roses flavour in the mix, thanks to the vocals and guitarwork. Certainly the band did not get the pomp and fluff makeover courtesy of producer Jeff Cannata, so if anyone was looking for an Arcangel part 2 with this band because of Jeff's involvement, then look elsewhere.

The Songs
Released on the small indie label Turnip Records, the bands one-off album is a short affair by modern standards, a 6-tracker clocking in at 21min 43s. If the band were using this album as a showcase-of-sorts, then it certainly did the trick. A good cross-section of songs: from the upfront near-metal of 'Take It Or Leave It', to the GnR sounding 'Misty-Eyed and Blue', a very earthy tune! 'Desire' sounds more akin to a song pelted out by a thousand bar bands every Saturday night admittedly. However the album highlights (for me at least) were the opening pair of 'Old Pine Grove' and 'Rock And A Hard Place' (the Aerosmith connection so hard to ignore lol!), and the rabble-rouser 'Best Won't Do'. A very worthwhile showcase of tunes indeed.

In Summary
I am not sure what happened beyond 1992 for Blue Ruin, though band-member Frank Thomas took things a bit further with the band The Bonesmen, also based out of New Haven. However, for fans of southern rock with a commercial edge, then Blue Ruin just might do it for you. Check out their CD available for sale over at CD Baby.

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