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The Golden Grass: The Golden Grass

Amiable 70s revivalists forget to reach past their roots

With this debut, Brooklyn trio The Golden Grass take to the freewheeling plains of 70s roots rock, mountain music and country blues, offering a breezy counter-point to the doomy psychedelic bluster of other revivalists such as Orchid and Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats.

Unfortunately, this jammy paean to the sprawling narratives of Little Feat or Humble Pie hews far too close to the originals. Guitarist Michael Rafalowich’s echo-drenched noodling takes centre stage on opener Please Man and Stuck On A Mountain, while on the nearly 13-minute Wheels, the mystifying inclusion of a two-minute drum solo underscores the album’s aimlessness.

Top-notch musicianship abounds, which makes it all the more frustrating when one considers what this trio might’ve accomplished had they stepped out of such well-trodden territory.

Joe Daly

Camped out in Southern California, Joe pens features, reviews albums and covers live shows for Metal Hammer and Classic Rock. When he’s not bothering his neighbours with Rammstein, Joe’s typically off playing ice hockey, fumbling around on a bass or letting his dogs guilt him into a nice long walk.