We here at NeuFutur had the chance to review Hills Rollingâ€™s last album, â€œSweet Teaâ€, and we were very impressed with the rock stylings of the band at that point. â€œSomething Deliciousâ€ is the latest disc by Hills Rolling, and it showcases 9 impressive tracks that build upon the solid foundation that was created by â€œSweet Teaâ€. â€œSomething Deliciousâ€ begins with â€œI Wake Upâ€, a unique track that defies convention from the onset. The track itself has a slacker vibe to it that is counter-balanced by the innovative arrangements that are present throughout. Hills Rolling can switch musical styles on a stop of a dime, but the whole of their compositions on â€œSomething Deliciousâ€ represent a coherent, cohesive entity. The momentum that Hills Rolling created on â€œI Wake Upâ€ continues, and even increases, during â€œNeed Itâ€.
â€œNeed Itâ€ succeeds due to the gritty guitar line that is strung through the track, and is especially compelling when it matches up with Treyâ€™s vocals. â€œAfter All These Yearsâ€ is a track that draws on a rich tradition put forth by acts like The Replacements and Blind Melon. Treyâ€™s vocals are the cherry on top of the bandâ€™s instrumental sundae: the ability of McGriffâ€™s vocals to curl and twist above the instrumentation on â€œSomething Deliciousâ€ is simply something that has not been heard on music up to this point. â€œAditudeâ€ is a track that switches Hills Rollingâ€™s sound up considerably, adding more than a fair share of funk to the bandâ€™s indie-rock sound. The presence of the bass during this track further establishes the different sound of Hills Rolling during this track, making for a song that is special. â€œTearing You Up Insideâ€ draws back on the bandâ€™s previous album in that the track has a very â€œMiseryâ€-era Soul Asylum sound to it, but keeps the song germane to listeners that have grown up on more current bands.
Hills Rolling saves the best for last: their track â€œPerfect Escapeâ€ is nothing less than a rock anthem, with the guitars, drums, and bass uniting to create a driving beat that will be tattooed in the minds and hearts of anyone that is listening in. No vocals are needed for the track: Hills Rollingâ€™s instrumentation here is impressive and provides listeners with a full narrative. Give â€œSomething Deliciousâ€ a listen and see exactly why, throughout Trey McGriff’s music career, he has been given the opportunity to play with or has performed his original material with bands like Journey, Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Top Tracks: Aditude, Perfect Escape
Hills Rolling – Something Delicious / 2008 Whiskey Child / 9 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/hillsrolling