Friday, April 20, 2012

Album Review: For the Love of the Game

Title:  For the Love of the Game (Burger Records, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Natural Child (Blog, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, BandCamp, Last.fm)

Hailing from Nashville, TN, Natural Child play bluesy, garagey, indie rock that is very reminiscent of ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll ala The Rolling Stones and CCR.  The opening track, “8 AM Blues” has a very CCR meets Randy Newman riff to it, setting the stage perfectly for the rest of the record.  For the Love of the Game is an ode to classic rock ‘n’ roll while at the same time holding on to hints and nuances of indie rock like Guided By Voices and Sebadoh.  The record’s standout moment is probably the grooving “That’s How I Got to Memphis” (see below), a slower bluesy number with an incredible hook in the chorus.  For the Love of the Game is the kind of record that should appeal to both fans of classic rock (especially those who fancy newer bands like The Black Keys and The White Stripes) and indie rock and with this record Natural Child is definitely setting themselves up as a band to be watched.   

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