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The Sore Losers
Released: 11.04.16
Review by Emillie Marvel | November 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

“You’re sharp like a razor and you shake like a snake.”

Welcome back to ‘99 kids. Wipe your feet, leave everything as you found it, and tip your time travel attendants, The Sore Losers. With Skydogs, the band has introduced ten tracks that’ll throw you back to a time when flamboyant rock & roll was the only way to go, and Americana influences were more than welcome.

Hitting play on the album won’t slide you back to the past gradually. Instead, it’ll tear you away with no means of exit. With a rock ‘n’ roll whine that’s not only reminiscent of Black Sabbath but damn near identical, “Blood Moon Shining” will have you convinced Ozzy’s doing indie rock these days.

The rest of the collection stays just as flashy, but less like it might bite the head off a bat at any moment. Repetitive, easily memorized rhythms get your head bobbing, and riffs made for Guitar Hero will inspire you to break out your dusty old air guitar. “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” vibes are accompanied by an abundance of groove, and moody moments slip in quietly along the way.

After the pop-centric “All I Am” dazzles your speakers with its easy listening and smooth melody, the collection feels three songs too long. Rock that seems older than its release date is a saturated market, making it more important for each track to stand out. For the most part, this collection hits the mark with ease, save for the last few tracks.

Whether you listen on a trip to the grocery store, while studying for a midterm, or while dancing alone in your room, Skydogs is a fun journey you’ll make time and again.

Buy It, Stream It, Skip It: Stream it, so you can play it when you’re ready for a fuzz rock ride.

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