Cherry Suede – S/T (CD)

Cherry Suede play a brand of radio hair rock that blends together the sound of Loverboy, Def Leppard, and Bon Jovi. This means that the choruses that the band creates for this album are immediately catchy, and could be sung alike by young and old. “Not A Day Goes By” is the first track, and the band steps up confidently to the microphone even at the early reaches of the album. The guitars, which are a little bit muted during “Not A Day Goes By”, are given the proper volume during the follow-up track “Learning How To Let You Go”. In this track, the vocals of Cherry Suede again align themselves with a Bon Jovi, even as the guitars seem to approach Santana.

The third disc on the album is “Till I Found You”, and while it has a more directly hopeful sound to it than the other tracks on the disc, still fits in nicely to the band’s repertoire. “Why” is the band’s first slow track, and while it is true that the band is able to keep individuals interested, there seems to be much more gold in tracks like “Not A Day Goes By” than during “Why”. The slower style continues during “What You Do To Me”, but Cherry Suede is smart and moves into a quicker style that even takes up hints of alternative rock. “If You Were Mine” is another track by Cherry Suede that bounces back and forth between styles, with a heavy dollop of alternative rock linking itself with a Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, and Journey type of sound. What results is something that is ultimately familiar to anyone that is listening in, but something that is new enough for individuals to pick up.

The production on this disc is nothing amazing, but allows the band to shine with every riff, drum hit, and vocal line. Cherry Suede is an act that could easily come forth and usher in a revival of rock, along with their cousins (in terms of a revivalist spirit) Lordi and The Darkness. The band is primed for radio, and it should be no surprise to anyone that this album has been playing in my car for the last few days. Give Cherry Suede a go, and I have no doubt that it will be played alongside all the “greatest hits” of hair bands and rock radio, with a spot as cherished as your favorite Bon Jovi or Bryan Adams disc.

Top Tracks: Not A Day Goes By, What You Do To Me

Rating: 6.4/10

[JMcQ]

Cherry Suede – S/T / 2007 Self / 10 Tracks / http://www.cherrysuede.com / Reviewed 11 April 2007

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