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Rossington - Take It On Faith

Take It On Faith
by Lauren Fonto at 21 December 2016, 9:42 AM

GARY and DALE ROSSINGTON have been partners in both music and love for 35 years. After their previous album, the band didn’t plan on cutting another record under the name of ROSSINGTON. But after pleas from ardent fans, the band finally got together in the studio again for the first time in years. Fans of LYNYRD SKYNYRD may recognize Gary Rossington’s name. The band’s blend of Southern rock and blues mostly works well for them. The variety of the music showcases multiple facets of Gary and Dale’s musical chemistry. “Highway of Love” is a driving, up-tempo number, while “Shame on Me” shows off the gritty, and also sultry side of the band. “Too Many Rainy Days” is a show stopping guitar showcase. The latter track is one of the highlights of the albums for me. Throughout the album, Gary produces a guitar tone that’s a pleasure to listen to, for example on the aforementioned “Shame on Me”, and “Good Side of Good”. Here and there, his tone reminded me of CARLOS SANTANA, but overall it’s something distinctive. “Highway of Love” opens with a riff that sounds like it could’ve come off the former’s famous track “Black Magic Woman”. Dale Rossington’s voice is a distinctive and powerful alto. Her grittiness is perfect for the songs with a strong blues influence, while her more tender moments work well in the songs that differ from the blues vibe. Dale has a background in singing in the church choir – this influence makes itself felt in the gospel-like tracks of “Light a Candle” and “Through My Eyes”. Her anguished howl-like parts are something to behold, and she conveys a great deal of emotion while maintaining vocal control. Dale’s vast experience serves her well. I felt that the band was strongest on the blues-influenced tracks – the romantic ballads tend to drag on a bit. Besides “Too Many Rainy Days”, another highlight for me was “Something Fishy”, with catchy hooks aplenty (pun intended). The opening slide guitar riffs draw the listener in. While the vocals and guitars are mostly the stars of the show, there were also some notable performances by Bruce McCabe on the piano and keyboards, and by Reese Winans on the organ.

Overall, “Take It on Faith” is a pleasant listen. Multiple spins revealed the multiple musical textures that make up the tracks. While it has incredible vocal and guitar performances, time will tell if those two elements are enough to keep the album in my mind in the weeks to come.

Songwriting: 6
Originality: 5
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Highway of Love
2. I Should’ve Known
3. Take It on Faith
4. Light a Candle
5. Dance While You’re Cookin’
6. Shame on Me
7. Good Side of Good
8. Through My Eyes
9. Something Fishy
10. Too Many Rainy Days
11. Where Did Love Go
12. Two Very Different Things
Gary Rossington – Guitar
Dale Rossington – Vocals
Jack Holder – Guitar
Richie Hayward – Drums
Bruce McCabe – Piano, keyboards
Record Label: Loud And Proud Records


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