Jul 24, 2012
Santa Cruz – "Down On My Knees" ...
Granted, vocally things could be a bit more interesting, but I’m not complaining when the songs are great and heavy, as Dr. Know’s Introduction Theme showcases perfectly. The guitars slurp you right into this thick, heavy atmosphere, which leaves no room for thinking. Demian (Always A Loner) sounds more classic rock in execution than the previous tracks. Interlude is the last song from side A. I’m very happy to have this album on vinyl by the way, because it is altogether a much different musical experience than on mp3.
Some Say opens up side B of the vinyl version of Down On My Knees. Great stoned cavemen drumming in the best Brant Bjork tradition, and an overall straight rocking vibe. Some Say lasts close to ten minutes, and you will enjoy every second of it. Black Needle is, well, blacker. The soaring riff numbs our delicate senses, and we dwell for a few minutes in an angsty, bleak world of rock. I Thank You is the very cool song by heroes ZZ Top. Of course Santa Cruz’ version is a lot heavier, but as much fun as the original. You gotta love ZZ Top! I Thank you ends side B. The whole of side C consists of one song, titled What Is Love? (Crystal Meth Boogie). 15 minutes plus, this is super stoner rock at its best. The riff is very catchy, and it fits the whole album perfectly. What is there to say? Tracks like this should be experienced J. After ten minutes, even more fuzz and heaviness sets in.
Last side, side D! The Very End I sounds very depressing, and that is actually a fun change after all the previous tracks. Doomy and droney, The Very End might well be about The End. A fitting closing track I must say. The Very End II is more up-tempo. The Very End III is acoustic, and ends this superb album beautifully. You can listen to previews of the tracks here, and you can order digitally via Santa Cruz Bandcamp. As awesome as they are, they even put up a free Mediafire link to the whole album.....9/10.
Words: Sandrijn van den Oever
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