Shakyfoot – Down On The Rain (CD)

“Goodbye Mrs. Rose” 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 “Appetite For Destruction”-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 “Bust It Out High”, changing enough of their sound to further ensnare listeners and keep them focused in through the rest of “Down On The Rain”. While each of the two preceding tracks were strong in their own right, it is the titular track here that will be Shakyfoot’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 Mother’s Nightmare) sound to the track that will provide ultimately fulfilling to any fan of rock music. “In The Middle” 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 “In The Middle” is something that is light-hearted and yet continues to further the band’s commitment to insightful and intricate types of instrumentation and arrangements.

“She’s My Lady” 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 “Down On The Rain”’s best tracks. “Wake Up!” 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 “Down On The Rain”, 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 “Down On The Rain”.

Top Tracks: Wake Up!, Down On The Rain

Rating: 8.0/10

Shakyfoot – Down On The Rain / 2009 Self / 13 Tracks / http://www.shakyfoot.com

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