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"Three Song Sampler" (Self-produced; 2002)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Sunset Arms, out of Chicago, is either one of those bands whose unique sound is going to take the world by storm or are another of those bands whose efforts to be different will leave them in the slush pile of bands who dared to do it their way instead of the way that would get them quickly noticed by the industry.

Musically, Sunset Arms is guitar-driven, relying on riffs and driving rhythms to tell the story of their sound. Without vocals, the band's music is different, but still familiar enough that hard rock / heavy metal fans will instantly get into it. 

Add the vocals of Amanda Carlson, however, and you've got another animal altogether. Amanda's voice and style is an interesting amalgam of the haunting vocals of Annie Lennox and the singular style of Alanis Morrisette. Add that combination to the mix and you've got a sound that will either bring people in droves or keep all those but the most daring at a distance.

I won't make any predictions about the band's potential commercial success or failure but I will tell you this: I won't be surprised whichever way it goes. Sunset Arms has the admirable audacity to do it their way and, for my money, that's success enough.

Sunset Arms: Amanda Carlson- Guitars/Vocals; Jon Levitt- Drums; Chris Carlson- Bass.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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