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Music Review: J. Roddy Walston and The Business, "Essential Tremors"

It’s easy to say J. Roddy Walston and The Business are throwbacks to an era before most southern rock was considered classic rock.

The Baltimore-based band infuses many elements of the genre into its music.

The unfortunate thing about “Essential Tremors” is the album suffers from an identity crisis.

The group stumbles in its attempt to pair southern rock with other types of music. Songs like “Sweat Shock” are more Zeppelin than Skynyrd, which just doesn’t work for sound established by J. Roddy Walston and The Business on its debut album.

On its 2010 self-titled release, the band mostly stuck to a mix of southern rock and blues.

It hits the mark with that combination on this album on both “Tear Jerk” and “Midnight Cry.” But too many other times the band swings and misses.

The acoustic “Boys Can Never Tell” falls flat after being sapped of the energy the band typically brings to its songs.

J. Roddy Walston and The Business just never quite finds itself on “Essential Tremors.”

Rating: Two stars


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