Saturday, March 18, 2006

CD of the Day, 3/18/06: The Basics-Private Drive

With a name like The Basics, you know you're not going to get an extravagantly produced album with all the bells and whistles. What you get instead is good, solid rock 'n' roll, and their latest album, Private Drive, delivers the goods.

The Basics have a definite retro sound to them, kind of a 60s/70s hybrid. The Grip Weeds immediately sprang to mind as a band with a comparable sound, as well as D.L. Byron, The Smithereens (in places), and even latter-day Marshall Crenshaw. Highlights on this one include the opener "Nothing But Time", "Betty Brown", and perhaps the cd's best track, "Perfect". Private Drive may not knock your socks off, but it's a consistently good album, which isn't an easy thing to find these days.

The entire cd can be streamed (albeit one song at a time) at this site, and can be purchased at CD Baby. It's time to get back to (The) Basics.

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