Friday, December 19, 2008
The Cotton Soeterboek Band
Caf Fine Records
Review by Nightwatcher
What a great album and band! Think the bluesy rock of pre -MTV era Whitesnake or vintage Deep Purple combined with a hard edged Southern Rock vibe at times ala late 70's ZZ Top or Point Blank and you'll get an idea where this hard rockin' quintet from Colorado Springs, Colorado is coming from. Robert Soeterboek (Ayreon, Wicked Sensation) is a classic vocalist in the vein of David Coverdale and Paul Rodgers, although he's not as faithful as Jorn Lande. Alan Cotton pulls out some impressive rock guitar god moves in the axe area, and the band as a whole, the remainder of which consists of Reynold “Butch” Carlson on drums, Mike Davis on bass and Joost van den Broek on keyboards, moves together as a unit.
Never too flashy or indulgent all the performances shine here. Never sounding like an imitation, this could actually be mistaken for a lost album of the era, such is the quality of the recording. This is a band who obviously has lived with this style of music and have a deep reverence for the genre as it shows through track after track. From the opener "Set Me Free" with its subtle hard edged Hammond organ sound complimenting perfectly to the masterful "Colorado," with perfect harmony vocals all the way until the closer "The Game," the 9 tracks here ooze classic rock class through and through.
If you dig this style of music, you really owe it to yourself to check this one out. I really can't see anything wrong with this release, with the exception that the songs could be a bit longer. Great guitar work, vocals and stellar production, courtesy of the band and producer Robert Selvaggio (Creed, Puddle Of Mudd, Jewel), mixed with strong, well developed songwriting in the classic rock mold make this one of the finest put out this year. If this is an indication of what's being grown up in the mountains, let's hope that the Les Pauls planted in the meadow yield a bountiful crop, as this is a true Rocky Mountain high that's for sure. 9/10