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Posted on Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 12:02:26 UTC
Artist: Ivory Tower Project
CD: Red Hot
Home: Queens, New York
Quote: "Listening to Red Hot reminds me of everything good about the decade in which I was born, and is even more fun than playing Mario Bros. on your Nintendo, while wearing a Members Only jacket and waiting for your Chia Pet to grow."
By J. Turner
Holy Cabbage Patch Kids and Marty McFly, the new album from Ivory Tower Project is a top-notch record. Red Hot is a totally rad, 10-song release that combines elements of classic rock and 80s pop to capture the music of an unforgettable decade that also brought us mullets and Madonna.
Although Red Hot was released last October, the album has been in the making for more than 15 years. It features a timeless sound that apparently hasn’t been tinkered with in almost as long, single-handedly proving that if you wait long enough, things that go out of style will eventually come back again. This album is retro but relevant and has an overall consistency that fans of any age will appreciate and enjoy.
In case you weren’t sure what sound Ivory Tower Project was going for on this record, they brought in several iconic 80s musicians including Ivan Elias, formerly of Patty Smyth and Scandal, and Richie Cannata, who toured with The Piano Man himself, to do some of the studio work.
And much like the recording sessions, Regula’s songwriting has been heavily influenced by prominent players from the Dundee decade. From Journey and Genesis, to Foreigner and Kansas, the songs on this album, both lyrically and sonically, would fit well among any of that era’s top 40 hits, like a color-coded square on a Rubik’s Cube.
There’s no such thing as too much synth on Red Hot, so haters beware, but I think they’re hot. I also love the face-melting guitar solo around 2:30 on "Burning," the vibes on "Gotcha," the one-part-Prince, two-parts Duran Duran track, "Dreamer," and "Way Too Late," the natural successor to Survivor’s "Eye of the Tiger."
Listening to Red Hot reminds me of everything good about the decade in which I was born, and is even more fun than playing Mario Bros. on your Nintendo, while wearing a Members Only jacket and waiting for your Chia Pet to grow.
Artist Website: http://www.ivorytowerproject.com
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