STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 177738-28956 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: Digital Only Album
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
US brothers Chris and Josh Haynes' first album under their new band name Torn Sky - the pair previously went under the guise of XD Out - gets off to a purposeful start with the grunge-tinged "Hope" setting the scene for a collection of tunes that speak of the lads' faith in thundering and riff-laden fashion. There is a delightfully retro feel to proceedings with the pop rock of '80s and '90s groups like Bon Jovi and Extreme being an obvious influence on many tracks including "Breath" and "Moving On" with pounding drums, chunky guitars and poodle band harmonies being the order of the day. Fairly literal covers of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" and the Beatles' 'Rubber Soul' track "The Word" are a treat and, although numbers like the repetitive "Believe" and the stripped-back banjo-led tribute to the boys' dad "See You Someday" don't quite match the quality found elsewhere, this is a hugely enjoyable fresh start from this talented duo.
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