"Tried and True" (Heat Slick; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


I'm not sure what to make out of Junkyard's "Tried and True." At first, you think it's all just good ol' fashioned, Hollywood rock'n'blues, a la Cinderella and Poison. Then the ballads come along ("Tried and True" and "Simple Man"), still Poison-y enough but still a little annoying, only to be followed by the country/western rockabilly of "Old #4." Suddenly, you don't know where the hell you're at.

Of course, this is Junkyard's first CD since 1991 so maybe they don't know where the hell they're at either.

Regardless, it's a painless enough listening experience. Of the six songs on the CD, three are feisty 80s rockers, two are sappy 80s ballads and one is the aforementioned country/western rockabilly hybrid. Even if you don't like the ballads or the rockabilly, you're always only a song or two away from a real rocker, even though the final track, "Holdin' On," is a little wimpy, too.

Junkyard: David Roach - vocals, harmonica; Chris Gates- guitar; Todd Muscat - bass; Pat Muzingo - drums; Tim Mosher - guitar.

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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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