"Original Sin" (Lion Music)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Baltimoore are a band whose music is easy to describe. They sound a lot like late-era Deep Purple with Rod Stewart doing vocals. 

That's not as bad as it sounds, however. The raw-tinged vocals of Bjorn Lodin will instantly bring to mind the stylings of Rod Stewart, but the classic Deep Purple-ish sound behind them meshes surprisingly well. Honestly, however, I'd have to say that "Original Sin," sounds more like a Rod Stewart album than a Deep Purple album. Oh, there are pretty solid rockers here: "Conviction," amongst others. But too many of the songs are closer to the ballads that made Stewart famous.

So - if you're more of a Rod Stewart fan than a Deep Purple fan, than Baltimoore might be right up your alley. Don't get me wrong - the songs herein are well-written and well-performed (although they do tend to ramble occasionally). But "Original Sin" is much more of a "classic rock" sound than a "hard rock" sound and that may not be rough-edged enough for Rough Edge readers.

Baltimoore: Bjorn Lodin - guitar and vocals; Thomas Larsson - lead guitar; Joakim Larsson - bass; Lars Pollack - organ, keyboards; Eiron Johansson - drums; Weine Johansson - bass.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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