Bands that look to the '60s and '70s for inspiration are nothing new in the realm of rock music -- it seems every year, a new group appears that sounds like they thoroughly studied and regurgitated their parents' album collection. But when you find a band that manages to recall vintage sounds of the past and also put its own unique spin on the proceedings, then you've found something special. And that's exactly what the Heavy accomplish on their sophomore full-length, 2009's House That Dirt Built. Borrowing equally from garage rock and soul sounds from yesteryear (as well as merging in hip-hop beats, to boot), House That Dirt Built is one mightily impressive musical magic carpet ride. Singer Kelvin Swaby has the whole Rob Tyner/soul thang down pat (as evidenced by such ditties as "Love Like That"), and his bandmates keep pace throughout, with explosive rockers ("Oh No! Not You Again!"), Jack White-meets-James Brown grooves ("How You Like Me Now"), and a lush sonic sign-off ("Stuck"). Vintage rock revival done right.
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I first heard one of the tracks (a partial clip actually) off this CD played as background music for a SUV commercial on TV in Jan 2010 - I had to know right then who the band was. I went straight to my computer and found the British band's name through the SUV's manufacturers website. I ordered it immediately from B&N. I LOVE all the tracks, not a bad one in the group. At first I thought the recording sounded a bit rough but it's just their type of sound, they don't want to sound all studio polished and shined - they wanted the listener to hear it just like they were in that dark pub in person! A good mix of blues, soul, RnB and rock. Track 2, How You Like Me Now is my fave song, followed closely by #8 Love Like That and #4 Short Change Hero. The singer has an incredible voice, sexy and smoothe, gritty when he needs to be & with great vocal range and clarity. The band is right on with funky beat and pumping guitar licks - oh! and the horn section has my heart, I love me some good horn! I enjoy listening to this band on long drives - a 2 thumbs up as a road trip CD!