MP3 Crazy Ivan - Astronautical
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12 MP3 Songs
ROCK: 80's Rock, ROCK: Classic Rock
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Crazy Ivan, Astronautical
Written by Rob Quillen
Some hard-nosed, modern music critics say that the flailing, crotch-crunching, note stuffed, extended guitar solo-filled, pop-metal days have gone the way of the extinct flannel-wearing pretty boys who look like they could kick in your teeth and give your sister eyeliner tips. Hailing from a small Northern California town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the members of Crazy Ivan are neither glamorous pretty-boys nor pierced, leather clad crotch-crunchers. They do, however, boast a guitar laden, powerfully articulated 80's-esque blues, pop-metal sound with incredible finesse, solidifying the idea that, in this day and age, diversity is a welcome exit from the modern "one-sound-per-band" phenomena, and that the doors are open for many styles to succeed. The liner photos could easily be the covers for "how-to" instructional videotapes, brandishing all of the band's equipment, brand names shining visibly in the forefront, but one listen will demonstrate the musical aptitude this trio of seasoned pros has accomplished.
Opening Astronautical is the tune "All Systems Go" kicked off with an acoustic riff that you'll be humming in the car on your way to the DMV no matter how many parking tickets you've blown off. Co-lead singer and drummer Jim E. Anderson, sounding somewhere between King's X and The Allman Brothers, applies an emotion you can't help but believe in. He really means it! His tight, simply structured drum accompaniments create the proper space for a nicely arranged song, and for a singing drummer to perform live. Good work!
Other potential hit contender includes "Life Is A Movie" featuring co-lead singer and virtuoso guitarist Greg E. Noll at the mic. Both vocalists exhibit unique and impressive command of their tonsils and their voices blend beautifully. Crazy Ivan has created a pleasurable listening experience with Astronautical, strewn with nearly too perfect harmonies and dramatic chord progressions, it's an expressive collection of metallic blues pop presented with conviction and talent.
Astronautical, ASX Records
Saturday, 5 Aug 2000
California's Crazy Ivan, have released their latest effort, Astronautical, which features twelve original and energizing tracks. This three-piece band combines styles from many different musical genres including basic rock, pop, blues, jazz, funk, southern rock, and even hard rock into a talented blend of musicianship that approaches each song from a different angle. The guitar work on the album, done by Greg E. Noll, is excellent and uses both melodic rhythms (even acoustic in some songs) and complicated solos to give the music a rich sound. Providing that underlying low groove is bassist, Bob Hufman, along with drummer, Jim E. Anderson, who displays his experienced percussion techniques throughout the whole CD, while also contributing vocally, as all three members do. This disc is very enjoyable, easy to listen to, and pleasing to the ear. There is enough variety throughout the tracks to keep the sound interesting for everyone, from very young to even the oldest listener. They write music that is fun, but also emotional and meaningful all the way through. I would certainly recommend Astronautical as an addition to any CD collection, it is guaranteed not to disappoint!
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BEST BAND TO HIT THE THIS SCENE--EVER!!
29 Jul 2000
From: "Darren R."
Hi Guys! I saw your show at the Mother Lode Fair and I also know Greg (I play guitar too). Anyway, I bought your album there, had you guys sign it and it ROCKS!! IT KICKS YOU KNOW WHAT MY FRIENDS!! I have been listening to it over and over again and it is so solid, sharp and crisp with the direction that every song takes, that I think every one on the planet needs a copy. (Couldn't agree more Darren!, JEA) Your playing is very professional, very tight and with a distinct sound all it's own--not to mention very diverse (love that!!). Anyway, just wanted to drop you guys a line and say you are my numero uno band here!!:). All My Best and Hope to see you play in the near future! Cheers!
Outstanding tunes. Classic rock sounds with explosive rock guitar riffs, held together by an impeccable rhythm
section. Rating: 10 of 10!
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