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Ragdoll - 2015 Rewound

ARTIST: Ragdoll
ALBUM: Rewound
LABEL: Lions Pride Music
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Ryan Rafferty - vocals, bass * Leon Todd - guitars * Cam Barrett - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Here Today * 02 Tell Me * 03 Could It Be Love * 04 Heaven Above * 05 Overnight Sensation * 06 Foot To The Floor * 07 The Feeling * 08 Ashamed * 09 In My Mind *10 Rewind Your Mind * 11 All I Want (video) * 12 Tell Me (video) * 13 Foot To The Floor



Here's another Australian band, this time from out west in Perth. Ragdoll excel in the glam metal genre, and they have been surprisingly picked up by the Lion's Pride label over in Europe. If you look hard enough, Perth does have a few bands of note. prog metallers Voyager, Karnivool and retro rockers Birds Of Tokyo are the biggest names out there, while past notables include V. Capri, Ice Tiger, Baby Animals and the late Troy Newman. The three-piece have been around since 2011, and done quite a lot of work to boost their profile. They've even played Rocklahoma Festival back in 2012 and released two independent albums 'Rewound' was their third, but as mentioned, Lions Pride Records picked this up for a European release in 2015.

The Songs
If you like a heavy and groovy blend of hard rock with a glam/sleaze image, then Ragdoll could satisfy your cravings. There's a lot of music on 'Rewound', thirteen track, including four live renditions. The first two tracks 'Here Today' and 'Tell Me' establish Ragdoll's credentials early on in the piece. Surprisingly, they dip into a power-ballad 'Could It Be Love' as early as track three. I'm impressed. There's another ballad further down the track order ('Ashamed'), which has a strange tempo twist at the two minute mark, heading into metal territory, for a complete 'about-face'. For a three-piece, they get their message across with a sound that makes bigger bands look inadequate. 'Overnight Sensation' has a bluesy swagger that works for mine. The riffing from Leon Todd is different to what we've heard thus far. As per the title, 'Foot To The Floor' picks up the tempo appreciably, while 'In My Mind' is the closest to melodic rock.

In Summary
Ragdoll could take things to a new level, but really need to see more of Australia and the world in terms of touring, which I believe they have been doing. At the time of writing, Ragdoll have just released a brand new CD called 'Back To Zero', so they are very much in the spotlight. Seeing as the Glam metal market is centered out of Scandinavia, perhaps it''s time for Ragdoll to start booking their flights up north?

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