We Review Richie Sambora's "Indie Rock" Album
After getting clean and sober and renewing his relationships with the women in his life, the Bon Jovi guitarist decided to "start at the bottom of the barrel" as he told us in May and go all indie and shit with Silver Lake's Dangerbird Records. A mutual friendship with Dangerbird's Jeff Castelaz and an association with his Pablove Foundation charity got him on the label's roster.
That album, Aftermath of the Lowdown, landed digitally yesterday ahead of its September 25th physical release and we gave it a spin.
From the get go, the album swag is suspect -- Dangerbird is offering the physical album in precious metal option levels. Shit, at $200, the platinum package alone (which includes a hand-sewn leather book) could feed one indie freak-folk musician for months, and that's including beer.
Without getting too much deeper into the emotional tourism of his "slumming it" and the shoddy ethics therein, let's talk rock. Sadly, bromidic imitation rock that has been wrestled from Billboard's mid-90s alternative charts.
Here's our brief track-by-track:
1. Burn That Candle Down
... something smells like Soundgarden.
2. Every Home Leads Home to You
You, being Toad the Wet Sprocket.
3. Taking a Chance on the Wind
Non-alcoholic-whiskey-soaked wind. Someone call Bob Seeger's lawyers, they might have a case here.
Nowadays, we thought no one listened to Dishwalla.
5. Weathering the Storm
The storm we hear is a Category 5 prog / cock rock ballad. A veritable Styx hurricane wrapped in a Night Ranger tornado, buffeted by Warrant-force gales.