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Slow down as you approach the gate, and have your change ready....
Label: DaDork Records
Time: 13 tracks/53:16 min.
Opening with a sweep of breeze across the bamboo windchimes and through a Floyd-emulation acoustic guitar strummed rhythm, “Pass it Along” quietly announces the arrival of Louisville indie power pop-rockers, Ultratone.
Slide your Goo Goo Dolls cds to the side and make room for Ultratone. Feeling a little cold from too much Chris Martin's glum sad-sack on life? Pop in Pass it Along for a quick cheer-up.
Many sonic delights await the listener on this freshman offering from Ultratone. From the smooth Gilmour-esque acoustic rhythm in the first track, or the '70's pop vocal harmonies in “Motel,” to the absolutely unforgettable guitar solo hook in “Where did you go, my love?,” where Ultratone make sure you remember it by forming the chorus from the hook and slowing it down for the last four notes of the song. They try on some early Simply Red style blue-eyed soul in “Nothing to Say.”
It's a rare occurrence for an indie-release to include so many potential Top 40 hits, if the disc were given the right marketing expertise. It is truly easy to imagine seeing Ultratone on SNL after giving this disc spin after spin.
Take a listen for yourself
at their website where many of these songs are available as live streaming
or downloadable as mp3 files.
Only two small complaints or suggestions for improvement exist for this very promising release: