"Stackmagic" (Self-produced; 2004)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Stackmagic's self-titled CD is a solid collection of straight-forward, no bullshit rock'n'roll that brings to mind such varied artists as Eddie Money, the Rolling Stones, the Clash and even the Knack. Yes, the Knack. 

Included on this CD are edgy rockers ("Keep On Runnin," "Sagebrush"), simmering medium paced tunes ("Recipe for Disaster," "There is No Face") and slower, "ballad"-like songs ("Method Actor"). All of the songs are well-written and -performed and, as different as some of the songs are, they fit the CD as a whole. Not a single track seems out of place.

Nothing here ever comes close to heavy metal but some tracks could easily be called hard rock. If were more of a straight forward rock'n'roll site rather than a hard rock / heavy metal site, Stackmagic would easily generate another half guitarsaw rating. So, if you're looking for something to bang your head to, you probably won't find it here. Oh, Stackmagic rocks well enough, but more in a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers way rather than an Ozzy Osbourne way. And there ain't nothing wrong with that.

Stackmagic: Nathan Spears - lead vocals, guitars; Trigger - drums, vocals; Mario Canido - guitar, keyboards; Royal Reed - bass, vocals.

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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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