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Little River Band (LRB) - 2013 Cuts Like A Diamond

ARTIST: Little River Band (LRB)
ALBUM: Cuts Like A Diamond
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Wayne Nelson - vocals, bass * Richard Herring - guitars, vocals * Greg Hind - guitars, vocals * Chris Marion - keyboards, vocals * Ryan Ricks - drums, vocals

Guest: Stephen Housden - additional guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Lost And The Lonely * 02 Forever You Forever Me * 03 Cuts Like A Diamond * 04 You Dream I'll Drive * 05 I'm An Island * 06 Way Too Good * 07 What If You're Wrong * 08 Where Do I Run * 09 Someone * 10 Who Speaks For Me * 11 Love Is



No matter how long this band has been in operation I always look forward to a new album release of theirs. Long gone is any musical attachment to the band's down under origins: LRB now an American domiciled entity with all its members based up there. Wayne Nelson mentioned in the promo notes that LRB took to Nashville to create the songs and textures of 'Cuts Like A Diamond', and you can surely tell by listening to it. With glorious harmony vocals and a soft rock meets AC/new country style, LRB have managed to combine the sounds of Tennessee veterans Restless Heart and Blackhawk with Aussie vocal legends the Robertson Brothers. Especially where those water tight vocals are concerned. In fact, there's a quote out there on the Net where The Eagles main-man Don Henley calls LRB 'the best harmony vocal band in the world'. For many GD readers here, I can guarantee that 'Cuts Like A Diamond' unfortunately sounds nothing like primetime 'Playin' To Win' or the majestic 'No Reins', however, you won't go away empty-handed as this album has something for everyone.. even if it's two or three tracks that appeal rather than all of them.

The Songs
Some of you will have heard the promo clip for the opening 'Pray For The Lost And Lonely' which really is as good as we've been led to believe. The vocal harmonies are so good, they should be used for Autotune commercials! I enjoyed the easy on the ear 'Forever You Forever Me' too, which ventures down Poco street as if LRB are owning it! Nice duo to open the album. The title track is next; another track which resides closer to the AOR border than that of Nashville new country. Those fat harmonies abound again on 'You Dream I'll Drive', though the song itself is more of a slinky cat rather than a catnip addicted feline bouncing off the walls! LRB ease up with the slow-tempo glide of 'I'm An Island', perhaps the boys are taking a leaf out of the Jimmy Buffett user-guide to life? 'Way Too Good' lives up to its name, a track that echoes reminders of LRB's rich past. 'What If You're Wrong' is totally on-the-ball as a mid-west styled track but with the added richness of those killer harmonies yet again. Another winner. 'Where Do I Run' moves cautiously, but by chorus time, the destination is clear to the boys in the band. There's a nice build-up to this one with LRB signing off with positive intent. 'Someone' takes us back to LRB's late 70's material, a nice reminder, while 'Who Speaks For Me' is dominated by a rumbling drum roll, a song which targets family/youth abuse. 'Love Is' completes the album; an acoustic ballad that touches the heartstrings encased in melody and vocal harmony. A nice way to finish.

In Summary
I think it's a great move by Frontiers to distribute this album. Their wider distribution channel will ensure it gets a greater/further reach; more so than if LRB had been distributing it themselves. The popularity of the band in the USA can be seen in their booking schedule; a popular draw at regional fairs notwithstanding their pulling power on the lucrative Casino circit. As mentioned, 'Cuts Like A Diamond' is not a return to pompous territory from the mid 80's. Instead, the band retain an air of dignity and keep the legacy of their extensive discography intact.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 17 2013 00:39:52
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#2 | jeffrey343 on November 22 2013 01:42:44
This is a really enjoyable album. A bit on the mellow side, but with a bit of bite in some songs. The songs are all quality. I liken it to The Eagles, who put out a great album six years ago that I still play frequently.
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