9/16/2007-NFTI CD Review-West Side Dave-Fulton, NY

Not For The Innocent CD Review by West Side Dave on 9/16/2007-Fulton, NY

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Caroline Blue-“Not For The Innocent”-2007

“Not For The Innocent” is the latest release for Syracuse Hard Rockers Caroline Blue, and it`s certainly their best yet! This album finds the band at the crossroads of their career; while the Kiss elements of past releases still abound [particularly in the vocals], “NFTI” shows CB finding their own identity. It`s also their most focused release to date. Lyrically, the band have kept things more street level, though the subject matter seems to derive a bit more from personal experience, which usually makes for some good material. This time out, guitarist/vocalist Wayne W. Johnson also assumes bass duties, and is joined on the album by drummer “Monster” Mike Merrifield. The disc took quite a while to complete, and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Scott Patnode at Strangeland Audio studios in Phoenix, NY, which is only 10 minutes from yours truly! Track One is “Our Love Is Wasted”, a fist-pumping anthem that kicks of the proceedings nicely; it`s the type of song that CB does well, and holds the listener`s attention throughout. Next up is “Love Me Or Leave Me” and sees the band adding a more “Modern” touch to their trademark style, though in subtle shades. “Deny” sounds at times downright funky, further proof of the bands` willingness to expand musically but still remain within their established structure. Other highlights include the ballad “Stay” and “Pain”, which is one of the best cuts on the album. Also worth mentioning are “Out Of My Life [I Want You]” and the flashy “I`ve Seen The light Tonight”, which features yet another memorable riff from Mr. Johnson. All told, another solid effort from a band that obviously has no intention of confining themselves TOO much to established patterns. “Not For The Innocent” shows that Caroline Blue are able to stretch out [but not sell out!] in order to ensure both their own musical growth, as well as keeping their fans happy. A tightrope walk to be sure, but it`s not work if you truly love what you do, something clearly on display here. Highly recommended!!!!!

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