Lazy Smile is the latest album from a well-seasoned rock outfit that features guitarist Jesse Balfour and vocalist Roy Wilders. Out of Ireland but now based locally, Wilders won the 2009 Dolphin Award for best male vocal performance and he continues the fine work on this album. Part Phil Lynott and part Axl Rose, Wilders' textbook rock delivery is matched by Balfour's consummate guitar work. Plenty of riffs, soaring solos, note bends and pick harmonics provide the classic rock sound while some subtle arrangement devices show that these guys have been around a while. The album opener, 4 In The Morning, kicks off with a dual guitar riff that would certainly sound at home on any rock radio station. Likewise the harmonised opening riff and scorching wah solo in the catchy Tomorrow. Girl Like You takes things in different direction with a bouncy bass line and Johnny Marr-esque jangly guitar part. Anthemic choruses are never far away with tunes like Woman's Love and You Got Nothin' On Me topping the list, the latter surely a candidate to challenge some of The Angels' best efforts. Some of the fade outs seem a bit premature and I would have liked to hear a few more arranged endings, particularly as these guys can really play - but I guess that's what the live show is all about.
This album is available at Music Bizarre in Magellan Street, Lismore.
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