Side F/X spices pop/rock grooves with helpings from the blues, country, and funk

Reviewed by Brooke Curtis

Side F/X/Contradictions

Major-label tastemakers would probably have a headache of a time trying to pigeonhole Side F/X. Here we have a fairly straightforward pop/rock group that spices their grooves with helpings from the blues, country, funk, jazz, reggae, and even New Wave. A decade ago, when musicians were still expected to find a single unifying sound and stick to it, Side F/X would’ve gotten the same three-letter grade and question mark: WTF? However, times have changed, and the creation of the iPod is making the record industry, whether they like it or not, realize that most people do not restrict themselves to one form of music.

Side F/X take the plunge, liberating themselves from any stylistic shackles, even in the same track. On “My Hero,” Side F/X stitch together light funk, reggae, and ’70s Adult Contemporary; in “Her Escape,” Side F/X marry jazz and blues, letting sweaty sax glide across sizzling Robert Cray licks; the slow, emotionally evocative “Come a Little Closer” contrasts AOR riffs with moving piano. On paper, it reads like a car crash, but when you listen to it all, it is smooth sailing. There isn’t a wasted moment here; the nine cuts that populate Contradictions express real feeling with ambitious musicianship, blending together with ease and excitement.

Published in: on September 15, 2008 at 4:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Tied to the Stone’s ‘Time of Light’ is ‘relaxing’ with a ‘nice tone’

Reviewed by Sabrina Tinsay

Tied to the Stone/Time of Light

Ever think about sailing the sea and relaxing with a group of friends on a weekend? The band Tied To The Stone has great tunes that can spark your sea excursion into reality. The songs “Almost Thirty Years Now,” “Chance Or Two On Love,” and “This Road Is Wide” encompasses the band’s raw, artistic style. There can never be too much Tied To The Stone since their songs have a wide variety, and their natural lyrical creativity can positively set a nice tone and aura for their listeners any time of the day. Without a doubt, sailing in the sea with Tied To The Stone is a moment to remember with friends throughout the years “More Than You’ll Ever Know.”

Published in: on June 17, 2008 at 4:03 pm  Leave a Comment