"American Excess" EP (J Records; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Silvertide are what the Black Crowes would sound like if they'd been born nearer to KNAC than The Nashville Network. Not too much nearer, however. Silvertide and the Black Crowes are blood brothers when it comes to rock'n'roll - and that's a good thing.

Even though, with only three songs, "American Excess" is really nothing more than a taste of what Silvertide can do, it gives one hope. The songs herein are unapologetically guitar-charged, raw and honest. The music has a slight hint of Southern charm, the vocals are bathed with a barroom atmosphere and attitude, and the overall sound will fill your speakers and - if you've got the knob in the right position (all the way up) - it'll fill the room, too.

If you've been missing good old rock'n'roll (as opposed to the often overwhelming rock'n'brawl), Silvertide will wet your whistle.

Silvertide: Walt Lafty - vocals; Nick Perri - lead guitar; Mark Melchiorre Jr. - guitar; Brian Weaver - bass; Kevin Frank - drums.

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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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