"Murder and the F Word" (Versaille)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Richard Kendrick plays a style of rock that brings to mind the music of Stryper and, believe it or not, Elton John and the Eagles. None of it can be considered heavy metal but most can be considered hard melodic rock. Fans of those bands and that type of music will find something to like here.

"Murder and the F Word" is a plentiful CD, with 17 tracks running a total of just about 60 minutes. Unfortunately, it's an uneven hour, running the gamut from solid rockers ("I Know Why,"  Sherri's Song," "Share This Tender Moment") tolerable rock songs ("One Life Stand," "Start Again") and nearly intolerable, sappy ballads ("Don't Fly Away," "Questions and Prayers").

One thing is certain: Kendrick, formerly of the bands Dark August, Straitjacket Smile, and Mudbone, is a talented and multi-faceted musician and songwriter. His favorite band is Queen, and their influence is seen throughout "Murder and the F Word."  If there was just a wee bit more balance throughout this CD, it would be a much better listen.

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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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