Album – Reflectivore (EP)


Let’s be honest for just a second shall we. I get a lot of albums sent my way for review and I mean a lot. Most of them don’t do anything for me. They don’t always get happily placed in the CD player, but the ones that do usually get a three song stay of execution and generally if they last past that they get my full unadulterated attention. Sometimes I’m hooked from the first track, and that’s precisely what happened when I put the latest release by Minnesota based band Reflectivore.

The EP bursts to life with the fantastic rocked out sound of “Ticonderoga” and follows through with a wonderful sequence of songs, 6 of them to be exact. It twists and turns the way great EP’s should with a little bit of rock, a little bit of high octane driven soul and a lot of harmonic goodness. I really like to song line up – the way each song masterfully transitions through to the next creating much in the way of drama. So many bands and record labels get this basic skill so wrong. They fail to listen to the songs at their disposal and seemingly throw the album together without giving it any real thought. I’ve known people who work to formulas making sure that their best songs start and finish the album with the remaining 5 tracks squeezed between in a slapdash fashion. That’s not the case with Reflectivore and their latest EP. In fact each track could probably survive on its own merits, but the album just flows so well.

Reflectivore are: Ryan Rusch (Piano, Vocals, Organ, Vibe) and Allen Cragin (Guitar, Vocals Bass)

The Bend could easily heralded as classic sounding rock but there is so much more to them. I hear Tonic, Five for Fighting, The Verve Pipe, and dash of Pearl Jam. I can even hear Masters of Reality, Arctic Monkeys and The Dead Weather. Some pieces stand out like the more appealing to a mass audience “Flight 7 77” and “red Looking Glass” but there is a deeper and sharper edge to songs like “Organ Grinder” and the closer “Black Holy” which is my favorite track on the EP by the way. The strategic interweaving of systemic melody and impressive vocal performances from Vragin is a delight, but the solid rhythmical foundation and sporadic Piano from Rusch is essential to their overall signature sound. The sound is that of the golden era of popular music in the Eighties and the Nineties when musicianship mattered! But the beauty of this record is the use of all mod-cons forcing Reflectivore’s” relevance into the modern world. The band should achieve good support from radio, but I am left bemused how they are not yet a household name. It’s not a case of all the elements being present but the final product being missing as the songs, the musicianship, the production, and the performance all knit together beautifully-even brilliantly. Maybe I’m lucky enough to be in on the ground floor? Maybe things are just about to kick on for these guys? Whatever it is make sure you get hold of this CD called “reflectivore’s latest EP via the below link. It’s a must have and in the class of all by itself.


Rating – 8.5/10

Robert Waskilowski