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The Rewinders

Play It Again – 2001 (Self-released)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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The Rewinders are a Massachussets roots band whoseself-released first album reveals the strong influenceof traditional country and early rock and roll. Leading the way are Roland Lapierre and Tom Kovar who share songwriting, vocal and lead guitar duties. They are well complimeted by Steve Maher on bass anddrummer Dale Monette.

There is plenty of twang here, most obviously on the lead cut "T-W-A-N-G," on which Kovar shines with his Telecaster licks. "Plain Old Love" is a sentimental country love song, while "Screwed Up Again" is a comically introspective tale of aself-admitted fool. "It Might As Well Be Me" is reminiscent of the early Beatles with Lennon and McCartney style harmonies and a George Harrisonesque guitar solo by Lapierre. Unlike Paul Simon's "Graceland" the bluesy "The Heart Of Graceland" is actually about a pilgramage to Elvis' Memphis home in which Lapierre reflects on theKing's sad life there in his later days. Other standout tracks include the suggestive "Let's Get A Room" and the blues-rock "I Might Miss Something."

With 13 strong original tunes the Rewinders' "Play It Again" is an impressive debut release. (413-774-4862, Rewinders, Box 294, Northampton, MA 01061, E-Mail: drums@gis.net)