Radio Moscow: Magical Dirt Review

Hard-hitting masters of their craft, Radio Moscow pump out ten more heart wrenching tracks on their fourth studio album, Magical Dirt. With psychedelic swag, and licks tasty enough to make Jimi Hendrix salivate in the grave, this trio rock from start to finish. A ‘70s classic rock sound is infused with blues and ‘80s hair metal to make for one hell of a new age old school sound.

The album begins with a back and forth play between the band’s lead axe man, Parker Griggs, and the master of the sticks, Paul Marrone. This builds to a series of heavily distorted funky, yet psychedelic riffs. This gives way to “Rancho Tehama Airport,” a high-flying powerhouse of sound. The lead riff is something straight out of Michael Schenker’s basement. Every track on the album has a tasteful and catchy rhythm, accompanied by surprises throughout, never quite sure where one song will lead. But one thing’s undoubtedly sure; it will lead you to utter satisfaction, and an insatiable desire to turn it up to eleven, if eleven existed. The band breaks it down on “Sweet Lil Thing” midway through the set. This slow and steady track features a delta blues slide guitar, and a nice little change of pace. The band shows their versatility on this as well as the closing track, “Stinging.”

It’s hard to go wrong with an infusion of genres interwoven oh so well. Radio Moscow takes us on a ride through time and space, passing the ‘60s psych scene, the delta blues, and the hard rocking distortion of the ‘70s. Griggs’ screaming guitar propels his music into uncharted waters, a level hard to compete with. A band backed by Dan Auerbach on their debut can only be destined for great things to come.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Rancho Tehama Airport
– Death Of A Queen
– These Days
– Gypsy Fast Woman
– Before It Burns

The Big Hit

– Rancho Tehama Airport

Review by Don Tice

Buy the album: Amazon | iTunes

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