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3 stars Enjoyable rock from 1970s, when Jethro Tull, Rush and Black Sabbath still sounded fresh and exiting. This one came 35 years later, but so what, for the old fart like me it sounds just right. Not too light and not too heavy. Among all those numerous other 70-s rock revival bands, Resistor stands as a rock. There is no secret to the success of this record I guess. There's great musical composing, radiating pleasure of the band members and very skilled and tasteful production. I am going to put this record right next to my Jethro Tull collection.

Resistor makes it quite clear what heritage they are drawing from. Check for example the song "Jethro Fran", where the band's leader and multi-instrumentalist Steve Unruh plays flute. That song could easily be penned by Ian Anderson during recording of "Aqualung". "Fair To Say" reminds me of Fleetwood Mac during Peter Green years, a fantastic instrumental "222" is really something for Santana and "Moondog" comes very much in the neighbourhood of Rush's "XYZ". The anthem of the album is the almost 12 minute long "Restless Angel". It begins quietly, with a melancholical tune and explodes a few minutes later in outrageous Black Sabbathian guitar riffs. Very inflammable, you just leave whatever you do and go air guitarring. The album finishes with a really great blues, "Waiting To Believe", I didn't enjoy blues like this for quite a time. This one just hits the right note in my sole!

This is how Resistor came to live, I quote their Myspace page: "Resistor was formed rather causally by original members Steve Unruh (Vocalist, Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist), and Rob Winslow (Bass Guitar). As fellow employees, working for a major toy company, the guys spent many a lunch break practicing in a very small studio. Rob and Steve jammed with a few other musicians for a year or so, before meeting and auditioning Barry Farrands (Drums, Vocals). The chemistry was right from day one! Now could it possibly get any better? Well... the toy company hired another employee, who now sits next to Steve and Rob and happens to be a great guitarist and a great guy! Fran Turner became the player who completed the puzzle!"

Resistor is a less proggy record, comparing with the Steve Unruh's solo albums, which he has already made quite a few. But it is may be a little more enjoyable, since here you have a whole band, with it's perfect chemistry, when the arithmetic laws don't count and 2+2 is not 4 any more? I guess the funs of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Rush and Jethro Tull will love this record, highly recommended!

justaguy | 3/5 |


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