Foster McGinty – Peach Red (CD)

“Can’t Help But Shine” is the first single for Foster McGinty off his new album “Peach Red”, and it is a hell of a single. For those that have not had the chance to listen to McGinty in the past, the style of “Peach Red” blends together seventies rock, funk, and soul into something that draws on an earlier tradition but is decidedly rooted in the present. “Can’t Help But Shine” simultaneously takes on Audioslave and Frank Zappa, while the vocals on the track are an amalgamation of Lenny Kravitz and Jimi Hendrix.

The band that McGinty has surrounded himself with on “Peach Red” creates some of the tightest music I’ve heard; the bombastic nature of this collection of musicians ensures that everyone, no matter whether they play bass, guitar, or slap skins, has their moment in the sunlight. “10 Moons” is a perfect example of this, as Foster McGinty brings a delta rock approach that takes on a swath of band that goes all the way from Leadbelly to The Animals all the way out to sludge-rock like Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, and Corrosion of Conformity.

The crisp arrangements laid down on “10 Moons” further show the talent of each member of the band, and put them in the realm of sotired musicians like The White Stripes or Derek and the Dominoes. “Peach Red” does not only stick to the faster, harder-rock tracks; McGinty takes on a slower tack during segments of “Peach Red” that needs to be heard. Nowhere is this better shown than during “Turquoise”, a track that blends equal parts indie rock and Red Hot Chili Peppers-like soul into something unique, compelling, and mind-expanding. There are not any limits to the styles and approaches that McGinty can bring to bear on “Peach Red”, and fans of all stripes will be able to find something that they can like on the album. Without a weak spot to be had, Foster McGinty is destined to rocked up the college and alternative charts until that point when his name is as common as those individuals that provided inspiration in the first place. If you can make it to that part of the United States, go out to see McGinty and his band live April 24th for their CD release show, 10:00 PM at New York City’s Delancy.

Top Tracks: 10 Moons, Turquoise

Rating: 9.1/10

Foster McGinty – Peach Red / 2009 Self /

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