Los Angeles rockers, Roxanne have released the follow up to their self-titled release, Roxanne. Released on Rat Pak Records, Radio Silence has been 30 years in the making and definitely long overdue. I remember hearing about Roxanne back when they were making their rounds on the infamous Hollywood Sunset Strip. I have always been a fan of 80’s hard rock and metal, however, I was only about 14 during that time and was not able to catch one of their shows.
Fast forward to 2018, the band is back and in superior form. The album sounds phenomenal. Every member is firing on all cylinders. The glamour and image have been stripped away and what you have left is four guys in leather and jeans who know how to make a kick ass rock and roll record. The music has depth, grit, and a whole lot of soul.
Right from the start, “Someone to Kill” jumps out at you with its killer groove and super catchy chorus. Vocalist Jamie Brown has an incredible set of pipes. His voice just exudes swagger and confidence. I liken his voice to a mix of Steve Perry, Faces era Rod Stewart, with dashes of Freddie Mercury and Phil Lynott.
“Girls Alright” is a mid-tempo number that is much like a fine aged whiskey. Smooth and satisfying to say the least. Only two tracks in and this has to my favorite already. The chorus is undeniable, especially with the assist of the background vocals. This the perfect song to thrown on and just lay back and enjoy life.
“Super Bad” is exactly what you think it is going to be. It’s a super bad ass big fireball full of funky rhythm and blues soaked groove to make your bad self move. There is a special appearance from a world renowned guitar virtuoso. He plays a small part in the video and lays down a “scary” solo.
“Broken Chandeliers” is a little more on the mellow side, however it really showcases the band’s incredible songwriting chops. The harmonies in the chorus are spectacular. I am reminded of bands like The Eagles and Boston with their abilities to make songs sound larger than life.
Ray Luzier (Korn) and Dug Pinnick (King’s X) make guest appearances on the track “Man In The Moon.” Originally by The Scream, Roxanne’s version remains true to the original and has a lot of heart and soul behind it.
I will close by saying that any rock band that writes a song called “Go F**k Yourself” is ok in my book. What is even better than that? Getting Dug Pinnick AND George Lynch to lay down guest vocals and guitar on said track. Musically, the track is all over the place and on point. You’ll be moving your body, rocking your air guitar, and more than likely raising your fists in defiance.
Roxanne has delivered one solid hard rock album for 2018. Even though their last album was released 30 years, you would never know it because THIS album sounds very modern and is produced extremely well. Radio Silence is anything but silent. This is a call to arms for all rock and roll fans that the boyz (spelling intended) are back and ready to rule once again. Rating: 8.5/10 Stars.
By Contributing Writer for I’m Music Magazine Jason “Supes” Mesa
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