"The American Dream" (Self-released; 2012)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Black Oxygen's "The American Dream" is successful hard rock with strong pop sensibilities that make them a (mostly) hard rock band with some true radio potential. And not in a bad way. The songs aren't sticky sweet ballads or rockers so slickly produced you can't listen to them. Instead, they're a nice combination of modern rock and strong radio hard rock. A lot of "The American Dream" reminds me of early Pearl Jam ... you know, back when that band was still good.

Black Oxygen: David Lyle (Singer/Songwriter/Lead Guitarist), Nick Lyle (Drums), Matt Venegoni (Rhythm Guitar), and Jordan Myer (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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