SIR LORD VON RAVEN: The Age of Machines: LP

I was worried the name of this band was trying too hard, but the songs back up my knee-jerk reaction to the moniker. This is a double LP and the songs remain catchy. There are jumpy elements of early glam mixed with ‘60s pop. The beats are framed with great keyboard and bass lines. It’s tight and poppy without losing the rock’n’roll train wreck. There are even interspersed sax solos. This album has the gait of Diamond Dogs-era Bowie and early T.Rex but keeps its own voice nicely. The cracks that appear when you’re faking it are not here. Good songwriting and solid presentation all around. 

 –Billups Allen (Guitars And Bongos, guitarsandbongos.com)