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Riverdogs - 2011 World Gone Mad

ARTIST: Riverdogs
ALBUM: World Gone Mad
LABEL: Melodic Rock Records
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: Andrew McNeice


LINEUP: Rob Lamothe - vocals, guitars * Nick Brophy - bass, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals * Vivian Campbell - guitars, backing vocals * Marc Danzeisen - drums, percussion, bass, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 World Gone Mad * 02 Big Steel Town * 03 Best Day Of My Life * 04 Just A Little Higher * 05 For You * 06 This Empty Room * 07 Glitter Town * 08 No Matter What (Live)


Most of you will remember the debut Riverdogs album from 1990. The fact that Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell - then having played and left major label outfits Dio and Whitesnake, and would come to hook up with The Dogs (who at that stage of their career would've been considered second tier) was a surprise to many. It wasn't to last for long though, as Shadowking with Lou Gramm came calling, then beyond that, a gig with Def Leppard. The Riverdogs have phased in and out of the public eye over the last 20 years, a couple of albums during the 90's when signed to the defunct Now And Then Records, and some recordings during 2003 which were never released.. until now. Even though some of the material is 8 years old, the band members present a mature offering which is a more modern sounding effort than all their previous material put together.

The Songs
The band have got the current day situation down pat with the title track 'World Gone Mad'. Hasn't it just? With 2012 just around the corner, I believe the world is going to find out the hard way, and that we are gonna get tipped on our arse. Interesting times? It's just the tip of the iceberg believe you me! The Riverdogs at least will send us on our way in hard rocking fashion. 'Big Steel Town' might sound like an ode to Pittsburgh's finest. So what are a bunch of coastal San Diego boys singing about the situation right across the other side of the continent? Who knows, but they keep the gritty steel town vibe intact, despite the geographical distance. Keeping things dense and compact, 'Best Day Of My Life' is a mature rocker which sounds like a biography of sorts, while 'Just A Little Higher' is a make-do mid-west hybrid which keeps true to that jangly part rock/part country merger. The Riverdogs get down and smokey on 'For You', the guitar work full of Mississippi and Tennessee vibe. I didn't really get into 'This Empty Room', much better was the hard driving 'Glitter Town', tossing a few interesting genre oddballs into the mix. As a closer, the band toss in the Badfinger hit 'No Matter What', a live rendition too, sounding great compared to the classic original.

In Summary
It's good to see the band combining with MRR to release this part new part retrospective set, but whether that leads to any new material from now into the future remains to be seen. Long time Riverdogs fans should feel pleased to have a new CD out in the market.

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