Rock super group The Dead Daises has made quite the impression on the rock community since its formation roughly eight years ago. In the time since its formation, the band has crafted one EP, a live recording and four full-length studio recordings – each album boasting pure, guitar-driven rock and roll compositions. Each of those albums has also seen the band change its approach each time, both musically and lyrically. That change is what has kept the band a favorite among its fans around the world, and is just as welcome in its latest album, Burn It Down, as it is in the band’s first three albums. While Burn It Down does boast some of the bombast of The Dead Daisies’ previous LPs (and its EP), it also adds in some more reserved moments to round out its 41-minute run time. The most notable of those more reserved moments comes late in the album’s run in the form of ‘Set Me Free.’ This moving, southern/blues rock opus will be discussed shortly. Those who enjoy the band’s more familiar rock and roll works will especially enjoy ‘Bitch.’ This piece will be discussed a little later on. ‘Burn It Down,’ which comes early in the album’s run mixes those noted bluesy elements with the band’s more familiar rock elements for yet another of the album’s key entries and is sure to be a favorite among audiences on either side of the proverbial fence this time out. Between this song, the others noted, and those note directly discussed, the whole of Burn It Down proves to be another overall successful offering from The Dead Daisies.
Burn It Down, the fourth full-length studio recording from The Dead Daisies,’ is a recording that proves over the course of its 10-song, 41-minute run time, to be another successful offering from the rock super group. That is because as with the album’s predecessors, the band proved that it didn’t rest easy on the laurels of those albums. Instead, the band opted this time to take another risk and change things up again. That risk involved the inclusion of some material that is more reserved in comparison to the band’s previous compositions. ‘Set Me Free’ is one of the most notable of those more reserved compositions. This applies both to the song’s musical arrangement and its lyrical content. In regards to its musical arrangement, Doug Aldrich’s guitar line conjures thoughts of old school Aerosmith. To a lesser degree, one could just as easily make comparisons to softer songs from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jimi Hendrix. Yes, that’s quite the juxtaposition, but it works, at least to this critic. The Hendrix comparison comes as the song enters its bridge, about three minutes into the song’s run. That breakdown lends itself to a comparison to Hendrix’s ‘Manic Depression.’ Whether or not that was intended is anyone’s guess, but it is there. It’s not a bad thing, either. Rather, that comparison, along with the comparison to Skynyrd and Aerosmith, adds even more interest to the song’s musical arrangement. When the song’s musical arrangement is set against its familiar lyrical theme – that of a broken relationship — the two together give the song even more interest. Front man John Corabi sings here about someone who would not emotionally let go of that former love interest, “Sometimes we just hold on/A bit longer than we should/And we both knew this time would come/I would change it if I could.” That’s pretty straight forward. He goes on to sing later, “Set me free/Love won’t be easy/If I don’t leave/Set me free/Woman/Let me be/I know in time/You’ll be fine.” This is someone telling another person to let go of a relationship that has ended, and who is doing so in a rather gentle fashion. Considering the song’s subject sings at one point, “Woman/Let me be,” one would think that this would be more of a pure blues/rock arrangement. Instead, it is more of a soft-spoken, emotional piece that shows the band’s softer side. It’s not the first time that the band has shown something of a softer side, but it is also not overly common for the band to do so. Keeping that in mind, this is an interesting change of pace for the band, and in turn, just one of the album’s key entries. For those who yearn for the band’s harder edged sound, the band still offers plenty of that throughout this album, with the most notable of those songs being ‘Bitch.’
‘Bitch’ is a straight forward, guitar-driven, adrenaline-fueled rock and roll song that is just as certain to be a fan favorite in a live setting as it will be on record. Corabi’s vocal delivery, the dual guitar attack of David Lowy and Doug Aldrich, and Deen Castronovo’s solid time keeping join bassist Marco Mendoza’s low-end to form a musical foundation that is instantly infectious. Its pure rock and roll roots will have every rock and roll purist putting his and her horns in the air as they sing and dance along. It’s just one part of what makes this song stand out. The song’s lyrical content is just as infectious as its lyrical content. Lyrically, it’s more familiarity, as it tackles the subject of relationships, but in a more light-hearted manner. That is inferred as Corabi sings in the song’s chorus, “You can’t fix it/Love, it’s a bitch.” He adds in, “Yeah, when you call my name/I salivate like a Pavlov dog/Yeah, when you lay me out/My heart is beating louder than a big bass drum/Alright.” In other words, this is someone who can’t seem to control himself around a certain woman, but really wishes he could because “love/it’s a bitch.” That mentality could so easily be interpreted in a way too overly emotional manner here. Luckily though, the band didn’t go that route. Rather, the band went more of the almost sarcastic, cynical route instead. That route, coupled with the song’s high energy heightens the song’s impact even more, and in the end, showing in full why the song is another strong entry from Burn It Down and why that song proves the album’s strength overall. Even as much as it does to prove the album’s strength, it still is not the last of the album’s standout entries. The album’s title track also serves to show why this record is another strong effort from The Dead Daisies.
‘Burn It Down’ is notable because it offers its own balance of slower, blues-based rock with the band’s signature harder-edged sound for a composition overall that is easily one of the album’s highest points. What’s really interesting here is that musically, one can’t help comparing this opus to Audioslave’s hit single ‘Gasoline.’ That’s not just because of the chorus of ‘Burn it down” either. The song’s overall arrangement bears at least some similarity to the prior noted song. That’s not a bad thing, either. Lyrically, it boasts its own share power, too. Corabi sings here about what would seem to be those people who are the living embodiment of misery loving company. This is inferred as he sings, “You’re choking on the words you want to say/In this prison/So you stay/You lean on me to free you of your chains/While you’re living in that house of pain/Oh, you are/You’re living in that house of pain.” He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “You’ve always had a plan to try and change/But the outcome always stays the same/You’ll always wear the thorns that make your crown/until you strike that match and burn it down.” From there, Corabi proceeds to refrain the song’s chorus, singing, “Burn/Burn it down/Watch that mother burn to the ground.” The song leaves little to no room for doubt here about its subject matter. It comes across as an indictment of those people who would rather be real life eeyores than make their lives better. Again, it’s not the first time that a band has taken that route, but still just as impacting as any other. The power in the song’s musical arrangement adds to that power with its sort of no-nonsense approach to make the song stand out that much more. When this is considered alongside the musical and lyrical content in the previously discussed songs, the whole of the songs discussed here shows clearly why each is so important to Burn It Down’s whole. When they are considered alongside the songs not noted here, the whole of the album goes on to prove that it is another successful entry from The Dead Daisies.
The Dead Daisies’ latest full-length studio recording Burn It Down – the band’s fourth full-length studio recording – is another strong new effort from the rock super group. That is proven through a 10-song set that while it offers some familiarity, also takes some new risks. ‘Set Me Free’ is one of those risks. It is very much a gentle ballad centered on the all too familiar topic of love lost. It’s a step out of the band’s comfort zone at least musically. Its lyrical approach to the topic is somewhat new for the band, too. Less of a risk was ‘Bitch,’ which while also tackling the theme of relationships, was more of a rocking, sarcastic and cynical look at the matter. The album’s title track was a little bit of a risk while also not being one. It crossed those familiar harder-edged sounds with a slightly slower blues rock sound in its arrangement for a work that conjures thoughts of ZZ Top and so many other bands. Lyrically, its take on the matter of people who live to bring others down is not a stretch and neither is the manner in which those people are addressed. The thing is the combination of those elements gives the song plenty of punch. When these songs are noted alongside the album’s other offerings, the end result is an album that is not only another successful entry from The Dead Daisies, but one more that shows The Dead Daisies is alive and well. Burn It Down is available now in stores and online. More information on Burn It Down is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
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