Okay, HOW do thousands of power pop fans miss, completely, a release like "Manifesto Of A Broken Heart" from The Ravines?! This one was released back in 2005 and 4 years later I have heard of it and will not try and convince you to embrace a band that should have snuggled up into your ears years ago. Please - take a few minutes to listen below. Perfect Michael Carpenter, The Odds, Greenberry Woods and Gin Blossoms sounds are all over the place. But there is The Rembrandts and Crowded House, which Power Pop A Holic accurately points out(as always): "8 out of 10. Great albums always slip through the cracks on release, only to be championed by impassioned fans years later. The Ravines first CD Manifesto of a Broken Heart was actually released back in 2005, and if you like the sound of Crowded House, Squeeze and The Gin Blossoms, then this album needs to be heard. The title track is an excellent pop track, with vocalist Chris Corney commanding a catchy guitar lead to a chorus full of lush harmonies. The album then gets slightly heavier after that, with "Higher and higher" and "Supersize," with hand claps and low riffs that recall the softer pop side of The Goo Goo Dolls. This template continues throughout the album, which is consistently good, and the lyrics are often introspective, but the guitar leads the story along. It`s hard to believe these guys fell under the radar for so long. The stories Coreny pens recall Danny Wilde of The Rembrandts, usually a wry commentary on emotional touch points. Highlights include the jangly warning "Best Friends," "Queen Of England" and the fast paced "Rescue Me." Even the final track "The Getway" is a real toe tapper. No filler either, as Corney sings "How you gonna get away?" you can`t wait to hit the repeat setting. This "lost classic" album grows well on you too."- Absolute Power Pop Blog.
"With the phenomenal amount of music released these days from every corner of the industry, it isn`t surprising for a band or two to get lost in the shuffle - in fact in this business it`s a downright certainty.
The Ravines is one such example of a criminally overlooked record from recent years. As a duty, we felt we should seek it out, dust it down, give it an airing and make you feel as ashamed (as we were) when the proverbial needle hit the groove.
The Ravines first CD Manifesto of a Broken Heart was actually released back in 2005 on the C-Side Records label and harks back to a simpler time musically (ie: somewhat earlier than 2005!). Singer/Songwriter Chris Corney and drummer James Crossley originally met back in 2000 when they played in Peterborough band the Contrast.
Their sound encapsulates Americana crossed with an inherent Britishness. My favorite track is title track Manifesto of a Broken Heart which features a rootsy Keith Richards` guitar and the stuck-to-roof-of-your-mouth catchy riff. The harmonizing, the jangly guitar, and rumbling bass on the third track Supersize is infectious. If you looking for references you may already know, try these for size: Gin Blossoms, Goo Goo Dolls and Scottish bands the Silencers and Diesel Park West. All decent and seminal in their own way. It is hard not to fall in love with this album, and it will only improve on repeated listens. Roll down those windows when you are listening to this once spring comes and make sure you drown out those hip-hop monkeys at the traffic light." Power Pop Review.
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