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Head Down [Limited Edition]

Rival Sons Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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Rival Sons biography 2014

Jay Buchanan – vocals
Scott Holiday – guitar
Dave Beste – bass
Michael Miley – drums

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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Earache Records Ltd
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Keep On Swinging [Explicit] 3:590.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wild Animal [Explicit] 3:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. You Want To [Explicit] 4:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Until the Sun Comes [Explicit] 2:580.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Run from Revelation [Explicit] 4:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jordan [Explicit] 6:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. All the Way [Explicit] 5:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Heist [Explicit] 3:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Three Fingers [Explicit] 3:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Nava [Explicit] 2:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Manifest Destiny Pt. 1 [Explicit] 8:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Manifest Destiny Pt. 2 [Explicit] 4:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. True [Explicit] 4:430.89  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

L.A. quartet Rival Sons made a big splash in 2011 with their breakthrough album, Pressure & Time. It put the rest of the retro-rock scene on notice: rehash the past all you want, but we’re the future.

Precious few revivalists possess that old black magic to set them apart. But to a fusion of the classic hard rock and progressive blues of the 60s and 70s, genuine soul and a gutsy groove, Rival Sons add the real X Factor: great, great songs. Such an obvious ingredient, but it’s amazing how many others miss it.

Recorded in Nashville with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Kings of Leon), Head Down takes the band’s electrifying blend of Led Zeppelin, Free, Bad Company, Deep Purple, The Doors and a dozen others to exhilarating new heights. Kick the door in, take no prisoners, ask no questions, play it loud; as plans go, it’s hard to fault.

Keep on Swinging pretty much sums it up: big, bold and totally badass, it sets the tone for an album which raises the bar across the board. Sure, there’s plenty of hat, but we also get the cattle. The breezy Wild Animal and Until the Sun Comes contrast nicely with the raunchiness of All the Way and Three Fingers, themselves preludes to the sheer girth of You Want To – which recalls Zep at their raucous best – and the mighty Manifest Destiny Pt. 1, a shadowy, smouldering epic that broods like a black hole. Although the inevitable ballads aren’t the group’s strong suit, both Jordan and True are carried off with confidence and without resorting to slush or schmaltz.

Both as performers and songwriters, these guys have upped their game, and Head Down puts them well ahead of the pack. When the future looks bleak, all we want to do is look back, but we owe it to ourselves to make it more than a narcissistic nostalgia trip. Fizzing with freshness, Head Down honours half a century of classic rock with reverence, respect and the realisation that this music’s still happening, right now.

--Daniel Ross

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!! 18 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Question. Can four Krishna following vegetarians be the future of rock'n'roll? On the evidence of this album, and last years Pressure And Time, perhaps they can, but they're managing it by looking firmly to the past. Anyone who has heard Pressure And Time, or their debut, knows that there is more than a touch of Zeppelin and Free to their music. It's perhaps unfortunate that the lead singles off both this album and the previous one are amongst their most Zeppelinesque tracks. Unfortunate, because the Sons are not another Kingdom Come. Yes, the Zeps clearly influence the sound but there is so much more to their music. It is certainly firmly based in the late sixties, early seventies with nods to The Who, The Pretty Things and Grateful Dead but it is done with such enthusiasm that it somehow feels fresh. When they rock these guys certainly know how to rock, the guitar playing is excellent throughout and the rhythm section are tighter than than a strippers thong. There are a couple of beautiful acoustic tracks here that allow Jay Buchanan to show what an outstanding singer he is. Again more than just a Robert Plant clone. All in all this is a wonderful rock album that takes you back to a time when musicians knew how to play and followed their muse instead of the dictates of desperate record companies. So if you're unsure whether or not to buy this album, hesitate no longer it's a corker. If vegetarianism can get you to make music this good, it's time to drop the steaks and get on the mung beans!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forwards not Backwards 26 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album is a joy to listen to, there is so much pure emotion in the songs that you can't help but be moved. The bands confidence just shines out and the level of expertise in their playing is obvious even from their last album. I don't believe that any artist(s)have ever released music that has not been influenced by someone in the past, even John Cale's"Two Minutes Silence" was stolen from the power cut on Greasy Truckers (or vice versa). Sure you can tell who have influenced them but it is a huge list and they have never tried to slavishly copy those artist(s). I can only say that in my opinion this album does not have a duff track on it, some may be weaker than others but no one has yet created the perfect album. If anyone did what would there be to strive for? Well I've been listening to music since the early sixties and I can't remember being this excited since Hendrix, Gentle Giant, Tull, The Who and Free. Long Live Rock as someone once said.

John Burns
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - and going beyond 'heads down' 21 Sep 2012
By A. J. Sudworth VINE VOICE
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I have listened to this a number of times this week and I think this is an excellent album for a number of reasons. The range of style of songs is wide from the rock 'keep on swinging' to progressive style ' manifest destiny' to beautiful 'Jordan' which is a lament/celebration.
When I first heard Jordan it reaised the hairs on the back of my neck as I thought it was so good - not sentimental but recognising sometimes you have to let go and in Manifest Destiny (Parts 1 and 2) its a longer song telling a story of what I think was the Native Americans.
But I think the song I like the most is Run from Revalation - a more honest view about 'i want to do it again' - and what I'm sure will be superb live
These guys are developing from the initial 'led zep alike' tag which is frankly now redundant
This is a huge step forward in my opinion - so much it displaced Clockwork Angels in the car stereo - now that is a recommendation !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big grin on my face! 17 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
Good music should provoke some kind of an emotional response - sometimes this is sadness, reflection, or maybe even anger. Listening to this album however, evokes pure joy and I couldn't have kept the smile from my face even if I'd wanted to try. Somehow it never seems to take itself too seriously, while simultaneously veering far from the derivative self-parody of bands like The Darkness. There's a sense of determination about the album, from the opener 'Keep on swinging' with it's theme of fighting on against the odds and the pursuit of a dream in 'All the Way'. The band sound tight and focused, and yet the album buzzes with energy, bristles with power and blows you away in the sheer quality and diversity of music flowing into your ears. Whatever mood you are in, this will lift it, and although it's very early to say this, the light and shade and variety will keep it sounding fresh for months to come. Buy it. Buy it now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tops 12 Jan 2014
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I have dithered about this album for a while because I could not fathom out if i liked them or not, but hey i took the plunge and boy am i glad i did. A fabulous album, great songs & easy to listen to. What a treat.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning album 17 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
This third release from the LA classic rock combo is their best to date. It has all the big riffs that are expected, but it now crosses effortlessly across many different genre's and influences. The lead single, Keep On Swinging, and what is bound to become a live favourite, You Want To, keep the head nodding, while the beautiful vocals of Jay Buchanan on the gentle Jordan are so soulful and pure.

But the highlight has got to be Manifest Destiny. Part 1 is a long, trippy blues jam, that never gets bloated and captivates the listener. This gets chased down with Part 2, which brings back the riffs, but with haunting vocals, and drums being pounded in a way that will be familiar to L** Z*****in fans.

Head Down shows a great maturity in a young band, a stunning culmination of their previous efforts, from the psychedelic tinged Before The Fire, through the astonishing big riffing of EP from 2011, and the breakthrough Pressure and Time from last year.

I think we'll look back at this as a very important release, not just for Rival Sons, but for music in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top album
Great album, with a varied mix of music styles. This album had been played & played. Well worth a listen.
Published 16 days ago by deborah byrne
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Heard this band a track or two on the radio, great bluesy rock feel to it. They sound more like a 1970's band than most you get today. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mr Ian Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
Sometimes when we listen to new albums there are usually one or two not so good songs.
But I can honestly say all of the tunes were fab! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Wears its heart on its sleeve, its just a good old fashioned rock album with some excellent riffs - what more could you ask for? Not much.
Published 28 days ago by Ian C
4.0 out of 5 stars Giving up on rock? check this out before you do
Not a huge rock fan I'd never heard of Rival Sons till I heard Until the Sun Comes with it's beefed up 60s Zombies sound. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barking Spiders
1.0 out of 5 stars more rock ballads that rock song
more rock ballads that rock songs don't waste your money there really arnt that good do not buy . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab voice
Excellent vocals great music band live great altogether brilliant and see them live so good buy the album you will enjoy
Published 2 months ago by Ryche
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivla Sons - a must buy
Heard a track from these guys on Planet Rock and therefor bought the album. Very diverse tracks and the style seems to be a snip of some of the best classic rock bands of the 60s... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Westcott
5.0 out of 5 stars As most have said....Awesome!!
Really like this band! Fantastic voice of Jay Buchanan backed up by classic rock sounds. Yes, lots of Zep references but that's no bad thing imho. Read more
Published 6 months ago by monktonred
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better!
I was lucky enough to see Rival Sons supporting Black Stone Cherry and straight away it was obvious they were more than your average support. Read more
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