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Girls Guns and Glory

Inverted Valentine – 2008 (Self-released)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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There's a retro feel to the third release from the New England band Girls Guns and Glory with touches of pop, rockabilly and country. Lead singer Ward Hayden's plaintive vocals are at times reminiscent of Dwight Yoakam and Roy Orbison. The Yoakam influence is most prominent on the title track, "Keep On Calling" and "Temptation." "Suzie" could have been a hit for Orbison in the 60's, and the closing track "Unrequited Love" also features Orbisonesque vocals. The opening track "667" recalls Johnny Cash, complete with prison references, while "Ramblin' Ole Daddy" has a modern bluegrass influence. A harder alt.-country edge is on display in the bitter "Keep Your Distance."

With Hayden's effective vocals well supported throughout by band mates Bruce Beagly (bass), John Graham (drums) and Colt Thompson (lead guitar), Girls Guns and Glory make an enjoyable collection.