â€œGoodbye Mrs. Roseâ€ is a hard-rocking track that plays upon the hair metal genre of the nineties as well as approaches a sort of intensity that only bands like the Black Crowes and â€œAppetite For Destructionâ€-era Guns N Roses could bring to the table. It is the perfect introduction to Shakyfoot, and will stick with listeners for a long time. The band continues the high energy and momentum through â€œBust It Out Highâ€, changing enough of their sound to further ensnare listeners and keep them focused in through the rest of â€œDown On The Rainâ€. While each of the two preceding tracks were strong in their own right, it is the titular track here that will be Shakyfootâ€™s rocket to the top.
This is due to the fact that the band is able to first weave together a compelling bit of instrumentation before injecting a Southern (think Every Motherâ€™s Nightmare) sound to the track that will provide ultimately fulfilling to any fan of rock music. â€œIn The Middleâ€ gives listeners the ability to hear another side of Shakyfoot, as the band takes on an unique amalgamation of sixties Beatles-esque pop and nineties alternative rock. What comes forth with â€œIn The Middleâ€ is something that is light-hearted and yet continues to further the bandâ€™s commitment to insightful and intricate types of instrumentation and arrangements.
â€œSheâ€™s My Ladyâ€ further shows that the band can strip all the additional layers away and come out with a hard-rocking track that is guttural, is melodic despite the heaviness, and represent one of â€œDown On The Rainâ€â€™s best tracks. â€œWake Up!â€ ties together the many different sides to Shakyfoot, linking together a heavy melodic flare with somewhat country-rock leanings and driven vocals. Shakyfoot has something for everyone on â€œDown On The Rainâ€, and I have no doubt in my mind that their live show would provide more of the same. If you want rock that is memorable, make it a point to pick up â€œDown On The Rainâ€.
Top Tracks: Wake Up!, Down On The Rain
Shakyfoot â€“ Down On The Rain / 2009 Self / 13 Tracks / http://www.shakyfoot.com