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American Tears - White Flags

American Tears
White Flags
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 25 July 2019, 7:15 AM

In the 70’s, there was a creative power filling the air, so in those days one could find anything in the musical world. Then to find a Rock band that didn’t use guitars was something completely normal and acceptable to the fans. EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER used a keyboard orientated Progressive Rock, but with some guitar parts. In the case of AMERICAN TEARS, its work is solely based on keyboards as main musical instrument, and it can be heard on “White Flags”, the band’s latest release.

The band was formed back on the 70’s, and it’s still active. And on “White Flags”, the listeners will find a musical work that could be classified as Classic Rock, besides its eclectic insight, because in some moments Progressive Rock touches and even Pop Rock elements can be heard. Obviously bass guitar, drums and vocals are heard as well, but the focus is on the keyboards, and it sounds pretty strange today, but it’s really a very good experience. Mark Mangold (the only musician that lasted from the band’s initial core) produced and worked on the engineering of “White Flags”. And all sounds clean and grandiose, as the band’s musical work demands, with a good set of instrumental tunes as well. It guarantees a great experience for the listener.

“Turn U On” is a fine mix between Progressive Rock essence with the right amount of musical accessibility for a broader public; the bitter Dream Rock insight that guides the harmonies of “Wake Up City” and of “Hell or High Water” (this one has a touch of Pop Rock/AOR from the 80’s), the noir touch on “Fire Down Below”, the excellent Progressive/Classic Rock melodies of the accessible “Give Me More” (this one shows charming vocals, indeed), the complex arrangements of keyboards and drums of “Turn the Page (Blue Dog)”, and the power ballad ambience of “White Flags” (this one would be a a hit single on the early years of the 80’s due its charming weaving keyboards’ melodies) are the ones that will hook the listeners.

Ending this review, the best to say is that AMERICAN TEARS still have a place in the  Rock scene, and “White Flags” will earn the band a new set of fans.

Originality: 7
Songwriting: 9
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Turn U On
2. Wake Up City
3. Hell or High Water
4. Waltz of the Angels
5. Fire Down Below
6. Give Me More
7. Love is Love
8. Turn the Page (Blue Dog)
9. Pitch Black
10. Keep On Movin’
11. White Flags
Mark Mangold - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums
Record Label: Escape Music


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