There were so many good releases that came out in 2009, I am afraid that a few bands got overlooked. One such act is San Diego rock band, Thieves & Liars, and their sophomore effort, American Rock ‘N’ Roll.
On American Rock ‘N’ Roll, Thieves & Liars strayed away from the concept album of their debut, and went for a more straight forward hard rock approach. As a result, they have put together another solid album, that might have more mainstream appeal than their excellent debut. On American Rock ‘N’ Roll, the touches of Pink Floyd are gone, but the bluesy hard rock influences of Led Zeppelin, is clearly obvious in their music.
While the title track, “American Rock N Roll” is very good, it was the high octane rockers “Let’s Rock” and “Walking By My Side” that immediately hooked me. ‘Till the Walls Fall Down” seems like a cliched title me, but the song flat out rocks. I love the bluesy slide guitar of “Killed A Man”. The super catchy “Promised Land” is going to be a song that I replay a lot this year.
My only problem with this CD is that it is a little short, clocking in just over 34 minutes. Overall, this is solid release, and a great way to start out 2010.
For more information on Thieves & Liars, check out the band’s myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- American Rock N Roll
- Let’s Rock
- Walking By My Side
- Fight Song
- Till The Walls Fall Down
- Killed A Man
- Promised Land
- Prodigal Son
Joey Bradford- Bass, Vocals
San Diego trio, Thieves and Liars is simply the best three piece band I have heard since American Dog, and they may actually be better.
The band tracked most of the songs live on When Dreams Become Reality. This is an old school recording process, but for Thieves & Liars it totally works. This CD sounds great.
Before I move into the songs, I must mention the booklet that comes with the disc. It is fully illustrated with complete song lyrics. I find CD booklets of this quality to be rare with today’s artists. Thieves & Liars didn’t go the cheap route for this one.
When Dreams Become Reality is a major upgrade when compared to most of today’s rock artists. This CD has it all! Are you looking for songs with great song writing, and stellar musicianship? Look no further!
You will find some excellent rockers like Road To Nowhere, Slavin’ Away and Run, and amazing Pink Floyd like ballads with Forgotten.
This CD is an ambitious project for the band, as it is a concept album, about the Story of Joseph. I won’t go into the details of the story, you can check that out on your own. Usually concept albums come from bands with a long successful tenure, but this shouldn’t be something to scare you away from Thieves & Liars. If anything, that should tell you that the band took their time with the song writing, and it shows.
When Dreams Become Reality is over an hour long. On this record, you will hear bits of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and AC/DC fused into the band’s music. Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint the band’s true sound, but the songs that rock truly stand out.
This will be a band to watch in 2008. I will certainly catch them live in support of this excellent classic rock record. Check them out on their myspace page here. You can view the band’s video, Slavin’ Away below!
Rating:Out of 10
1. The Dream
2. Betrayed By Blood
3. Road To Nowhere
4. Slavin’ Away
8. When Dreams Become Reality
9. Good Times
10. Seven Long Years
12. The Author Of Dreams
Thieves and Liars is:
Corey Edelman- Guitar
Joey Bradford- Bass, Vocals
Kyle Rosa – Drums, Vocals
Check out the new video by Slavin Away by San Diego’s Thieves and Liars!