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Ramble
Yeah, Whatever (Ultra Groove)

By: Alex Steininger

Not only does he play the majority of instruments on this album, but Adam Bailine is also the proprietor of his own record label, Ultra Groove. As for his musical output (and label, since this is their debut release), Ramble plays pop-rock rooted in blues and funk, but still pumped up with a nice dose of modern rock bite.

"I Wanna Fly" is a bouncy pop-rock ditty with a gritty roots rock feel hidden underneath the warm hooks. "Nothing," on the other hand, is a smoky rock-funk number that has the same warmth and infectious-ness as "I Wanna Fly," but is a bit more charged and rockin'. Of course, then there is always tracks like "Jimmie In The Window," which bring the funk and blues full circle, "Selina," a tender love ballad, and "Riding On The Waves," a porch stomper with a Southern rock feel covered in pop.

The CD has the balls and drive to really bring forth the rock, as well as compassion and tenderness to really make the warm pop effective. The funk adds a wild side, the blues adds a smoky feeling, and the pop makes sure your ears stay attentive. I'll give the album a B-.

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