Six years after forming and three years after exploding onto the scene, Rose Hill Drive has finally issued its debut full-length. Similar to the way Ford has retrofitted the new Mustangs to recall the classic look of the fastback coupes, Rose Hill Drive is a riff-driven throwback to the heyday of AOR radio; there's a distinct air of familiarity, but this clearly isn't your daddy's muscle car. The Boulder-based power trio has molded its cadre of classic-rock influences Cream, Zeppelin, and, to a lesser extent, the Beatles/Wings and Allman Brothers into an insurgent modern-rock composite with few contemporaries. The band members are blessed with undeniable, prodigious talent beyond their years, and that virtuosity is on display all over the album particularly on such mind-melting cuts as "Cool Cody," which features Jake Sproul's soaring tenor in harmony with brother Daniel's searing Clapton/Harrison-esque solo. Other highlights include a three-song acoustic mid-section, as well as subtle organ flourishes throughout. Forget rocking your socks off: Rose Hill has graduated to rocking your face off.
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