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"Best of Seven" (Fastlane Records; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Best of Seven's self-titled release is power pop in the purest sense. The CD contains 12 tracks of the type of rock that plays best on radio - you'll hear the influences of Bon Jovi, ELO and especially Cheap Trick's most commercial stuff throughout.

The one thing that Best of Seven lack is any real edge. The music hereon is pretty standard, radio-friendly pop rock. It's not bad, but it doesn't stand up and shine on its own, either. In other words, there's not a lot of unique style here. The band sounds a little too much like the bands they proudly emulate.

Still, Best of Seven shows a lot of potential. Like Cheap Trick, the band knows how to write songs that will appeal to the greatest number of radio listeners without turning off those of us who like it a little rougher. It'll be interesting to see how they grow into their own style in the future, and whether that direction leads them into still more radio-friendly hits or a more unique sound all their own.

Best of Seven: Shane - vocals; Joe - guitar; Rob - drums; Darrell - bass.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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