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Album Review: Tesla - Simplicity

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Tesla – Simplicity

Written by the Rock Man


While bands such as Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and the like have become household names over the past three decades, Sacramento natives Tesla have quietly been going about their business producing quality music that pound for pound stacks up very well against these other more well known artists. Simplicity is the band’s new album and is another in a long line of outstanding recordings such as the platinum sellers Mechanical Resonance, The Great Radio Controversy and Psychotic Supper.

The album kicks off with the brilliant MP3 which explores this over technologically obsessed world and reminisces about a more simpler time. Vocalist Jeff Keith declares “All the world is over run with technology/Oh my God it seems to me we got to get back to simplicity/All the world is out of touch with reality” and there’s pearls of wisdom “Reaching out to a friend in need/Means more than a text from a cell phone screen”. Ricochet is a good vibe rocker that celebrates life in a rock n’ roll band while Rise And Fall is just one of many highlights. The track opens up with this almighty killer bass line from Brian Wheat and lyrically sounds like it belongs on an episode of the TV show Supernatural.

Everywhere you look on this record there are gems popping out at you. Another is Honestly, this track documents the trials and tribulations of making your way in this sometimes crazy world. You can hear the heartfelt desperation in Keith’s voice as he sings “Honestly I don’t know why I care/Cause it’s a jungle out there/Honestly I’m just a simple man doing the best that I can”.

Cross My Heart and Flip Side! features a very strong southern rock and blues flavour which adds diversity to the album and show the band's flexibility. But of course it is on tracks such as Break Of Dawn and Time Bomb where Tesla bring out the big heavy guns, these two songs seriously rock with their big meaty guitar riffs from Frank Hannon and Dave Rude and are highlights for sure. Other tracks worth mentioning are the laid back Life Is A River which celebrates the joys of life and Burnout To Fade which has a nice blend of acoustic and electric guitars.

Simplicity is one of those albums where the more you listen to it the more you discover from the last time you heard to it. Musically it is simple toe-tapping hard rock executed very well and lyrically provides the listener with more than the standard “Give it to me baby all night” type of lyrics normally associate with this genre of music. It is food for thought without being preachy. If you have never experienced a Tesla album before I strongly suggest that you make Simplicity your starting point.

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