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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

CD Review: Riviera - Save Yourself

Riviera - Save Yourself
2008, Ruffiano Records

Riviera is Tim White, Joe Crowley and Brian Neubauer. The Colorado trio mix atmospheric effects with mellow rock to create a sonically interesting hybrid on their 2008 release, Save Yourself.

Lyrically strong, Save Yourself suffers from a general lack of musical energy. Atmospheric doesn't need to mean bereft of energy, it simply means that the energy runs in deep currents that are not always immediately visible but are distinct and measurable. Rivera does find this energy on the last two tracks: Division and Brighter Day. These two songs are strong entries and very much worth the listen. The first three tracks are passable, but just don't fly out of your speakers like Division and Brighter Day do.

I actually very much enjoy what Riviera tries to do here, but the first 3/5 of the EP become hard to listen past the first time. The last two tracks save the CD, and are hopefully a sign of bright things to come from Riviera. Definitely check out Save Yourself, even if only for the last two songs.

Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

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