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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

CD Review: V-Project - New Machine

The V-Project – New Machine
2008, DVaccaro

The V-Project is the brainchild of David Vaccaro, one of the denizens of the 1970s Boston scene that produced The Cars, J. Geils, Till Tuesday, Jon Butcher and Aerosmith, to name a few. New Machine finds Vaccaro mining familiar album-oriented-rock (AOR) depths with aplomb. Assisted by the ever dynamic Robin McAuley (McAuley-Schenker Group, Grand Prix, Survivor) on four tracks, Vaccaro has created a dynamic and authentic piece of late-70’s, early-80’s influenced guitar rock.

New Machine does not break any new ground (although essentially anytime Robin McAuley is involved in anything new ground is broken), but is a very listenable opus that dances around the edges of Southern Rock and 80’s Hair Metal at times. The highlights here happen to be the collaborations between McAuley and Vaccaro (Exit Sign, Somebody Like You, You Don’t Care and Tangled In Your Web). Also interesting is the Steve Miller cover The Stake.

Look, New Machine will not be everybody’s cup of tea. If you’re not into 70’s/80’s guitar rock then you’re probably not going to like this disc. If you are a fan of the era, then this is a must-have. If you’re new to the genre, you could do much worse than to have New Machine as your introduction to the sound.

Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about V-Project at, where you can also purchase a copy of New Machine.

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