Halfway to Gone

Halfway to Gone

by Halfway to Gone

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Overview

Over the course of two very promising albums, New Jersey trio Halfway to Gone quietly abandoned the mangled carcass of stoner rock (the term's sell-by-date having unquestionably expired) to find themselves standing on the edge of simple retro-rock greatness in the early 2000s. And with the release of their third, eponymous album in 2004, they appear to have arrived there. Even more than those prior efforts, Halfway to Gone manages to both maintain and fine-tune the group's diamond-edged, hard rock assault, which mashes equal doses of Southern rock, heavy metal, and good ol' blues with surprisingly fluid grace. Whoever said hard rock can't benefit from a more refined studio touch never heard groove machines like "Turnpike" and "Hammer's Fallin'" (or friggin' Back in Black...hello!?), which handily defeat many snottier, louder, brasher competitors with their expertly balanced beauty and brawn. Furthermore, their controlled, cool confidence makes it easier for full-throttle, truly buck-wild stomps like "Couldn't Even Find a Fight," and the almost Motörhead-esque "Burn 'em Down" to stand out when their turn rolls around. Conversely, Halfway to Gone are just as likely to ease right off the accelerator and coast into a bluesy instrumental such as "His Name Was Leroi (King of Troi)" [sic]. "The Other Side" is another fine example of the latter approach, only this time with lyrics courtesy of vastly improved vocalist Lou Gorra. On the harder cuts, his oddly metallic tone of voice can sound remarkably similar to Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland, but that's hardly a negative -- more of a curiosity, really. Drummer Danny Gollin assumes lead vocals on the Skynyrd-like "Out on the Road," and versatile guitarist Lee Stuart puts across a dominating presence throughout the album, only to impress just as much with his fine Hammond organ playing on "Mr. Nasty Time." The band's rather mundane cover of Deep Purple's "Black Night" could have probably been saved for last instead of forcibly snuck in four songs in, but that's obviously a minor reservation among this album's wealth of positives.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2004
Label: Small Stone Records
UPC: 0709764104022
catalogNumber: 40
Rank: 148277

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Halfway to Gone   Primary Artist
Scott Hamilton   Musician
Phil Dürr   Musician
Lee Stuart   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Harp,Hammond B3
Billy Reedy   Guitar,Musician
Lou Gorra   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Daniel Gollin   Drums,Vocals
Lee Stuart   Bass,Guitar,Hammond Organ,Group Member
Billy Reeby   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ian Gillan   Composer
Scott Hamilton   Feedback
Ritchie Blackmore   Composer
Roger Glover   Composer
Jon Lord   Composer
Phil Dürr   Advisor
Gordon Gano   Composer
Tony Hicks   Composer
Dave Allison   Engineer
Bob Pantella   Producer
Halfway to Gone   Composer,Producer
Mike Saputo   Text
K. Lynch   Composer

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