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Richie Kotzen Into The Black Frontiers Records
FRCD315
Produced By: Richie Kotzen

Running Time: 44.41

Release Date: December 8

Released:

Musical Style: Modern Melodic Hard Rock

Links: Frontiers Richie Kotzen
90%
Songs: 88%
Sound: 92%
Speaking of modern rock as I was in the Cosmo review, here is a guy that knows how to do it well. Better than just about anyone else in this scene and he does it with both passion and aggression, something not easily accomplished.
And all the while Richie Kotzen keeps it melodic and accessible.
Kotzen's style may not be for everyone, but to his fans I would think this album will rate as one of his best ever. Richie picks up where the Forty Deuce band album left off and adapts that albums style to his solo delivery.
The album is summed up by the opening track You Can't Save Me - brooding, intense, lyrically biting and passionate beyond belief. Richie lightens the mood just slightly for the great rock track Misunderstood, featuring one of his best vocals to date.
The Shadow is cool too, but for different reasons. More classic rock melodies over a bluesy, yet commercial base.
Kotzen's love of blues shines through even further on the moody ballad Till You Put Me Down.
Highlighting the excellent way this album has been sequenced, that moody theme continues through Sacred Ground, but this time in the form of an angst ridden rock anthem.
Rounding out the album is the seemingly happy go lucky acoustic driven Livin' In Bliss and the blues rock My Angel.
Into The Black sees Kotzen write, play and produce every note of the record. It is a personal statement and a challenging one at that. 10 songs, 7 or 8 different vibes, but one great performance.
The Bottom Line
I'm not sold on everything Richie does, but he never does anything by halves. Here he delivers 10 really solid tunes with lots of hooks in play some subtle, some more direct but always melodic. And the driving force behind the album is Richie's sublime guitar playing and rich soulful voice. Sometimes I can't pinpoint exactly why a record works as well as it does but this album really works.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Richie Kotzen
Fever Dream
Electric Joy
Mother Heads Family Reunion
Inner Galactic Fusion Experience
Wave of Emotion
Something to Say
What is
Bi Polar Blues
Break it all Down
Slow
Change
Get Up
Forty Deuce
Acoustic Cuts
Into The Black

Line Up:
Richie Kotzen: Everyting

Essential For Fans Of:
Forty Deuce - Nothing To Lose
Richie Kotzen
Track Listing
You Can't Save Me *
Misunderstood *
Fear
The Shadow *
Doin' What The Devil Says To Do
Till You Put Me Down
Sacred Ground *
Your Lies
Living In Bliss
My Angel

--*Best Tracks


10/12/06: CJ Plain - CJPlain@yahoo.com
Rating: 100
Yet another masterpiece from Richie. From the opening licks to the end, there is simply nothing here that does not belong. Richie has once again proven why he is truly a God among mortal guitar players.

09/12/06: Tahir Bise - tahirbise@hotmail.com
Rating: 91
Richie Kotzen has delivered another fine release and is consistently writing great rock tracks with a modern vibe.He being known as one of the best rock guitarists is now showing he can be considered with the best vocalists as well..must buy

08/12/06: Robert Jason - robert_jason@hotmail.com
Rating: 90

Richie Kotzen is an amazing guitar player, singer and song writer , I have every Kotzen CD with vocals on it, on Into The Black it has more bluesy feel to it than Get Up, Get Up was more in your face right away where Into The Black starts off with You Can`t Save Me with a very personal lyrical content, the rest of the CD has a bluesy hard rock sound, with some awesome songs, I was lucky enough to see Richie 2 times in concert in L.A. my cousin & I drove to the show on May 7th & May 27th from San Diego and he did some of these new songs, You Can`t Save Me & Doin' What The Devil Says To Do Were, are a few that I rememember, before the show I got my picture taken with Richie and he seemed like a really nice guy, I hope this newe CD gets him a bigger fan base because he deserves it. Go buy It!!

08/12/06: Dan - thenuge2@aol.com
Rating: 100
Another great album, this guy can do no wrong. You Cant Save Me and misunderstood are really excellent.

07/12/06: Simon Roman - simone261076(at)hotmail.com
Rating: 90
I agree with AMC, this is a special album and it works well in its totality. My favorutite song is MY ANGEL, a very passionate voice and that magic guitar. IMHO this is the best Richie's album so far.I love it! Merry Christmas from Italy!


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