Rusty Tinder – Alchemy Road (2022)

Posted by Thomas on July 30, 2022as

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Tracklist:

01. MOONLIT KISSED (4:36)
02. WITHOUT YOU (4:47)
03. TULULAH (4:03)
04. NO LONGER IN THE GRAY (4:07)
05. REMEMBER WHY YOU’RE HERE (4:18)
06. STAY (3:53)
07. ALCHEMY ROAD (3:07)
08. ON TOP OF THE WORLD (6:54)
09. MY NAME (4:02)
10. IFINITE GRACE (1:08)
11. LET ME BE FOUND (4:11)
12. COPPER PENNY SUN (5:33)

This CD got off to a great start with deep bass lines, sharp acoustic accentuations, snappy drum beats & angelic chorale. “Moonlit Kissed,” has a wonderful ambiance & Rusty Tinder is anything but rusty. This is done with clarity & Tinder’s piano notes sweeten the brawny power of the melody. Job well done, period. This is catchy & where country music should be. Serious doesn’t have to mean intense. This is casual & at the same time, it has its own potency. The arrangement is well-thought-out & never has a lull in the performance.

This album is Rusty’s 2nd solo outing with 12 songs at 51 heavy minutes. Produced by Rusty & Mike Cionni (Acoustic guitar/synths/BG vocals) Alchemy Road (Drops July 29– Independent) should attract major label attention. Tinder has all the elements of originality ticking throughout each tune. “Without You,” is a typical title for a country artist but Tinder splashes lots of interesting songwriting trickery from the punctuating vocal chorus, heavy-handed drums & tinkle of high-hat & the bass just hovering over the melody like a fog. Nice stuff.

The band is tight & teeters closer to a full-tilt rock band rather than a country outfit, but they have the hayseed, the cold beers, peasant girls in blouses & line-dancing expertise to make each tune believable. It’s rousing entertainment & Rusty Tinder knows how to assemble a nuclear-powered band that is invigorating & his vocals are gasoline lit by a match. There aren’t many country units with a lead singer who plays a Bruce Hornsby-type piano with smoke coming off his hair.

While for some these tunes may seem a bit eclectic the song cycle is solid. Even the slower songs “Tululah,” have an illustrative grip – it’s 70’s Poco (“Crazy Eyes”) mixed in with a generous amount of Elton John’s “Tumbleweed Connection,” dynamism.

Country music with pinches of classical music salt in the water. “Alchemy Road,” & “On Top of the World” are incredible pieces. “Copper Penny Sun,” is a little over the top, but if you need to be impressed, this one will do it. All wonderfully played. Each has relevance & elevates country-oriented music to a whole different level.

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