Million Lifetimes

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Classic rock is back in a big way, and myriad bands have hearkened to its banner, playing tribute to the heroes of yesteryear and remodeling the genre for a new age. But few bring anywhere near the creativity to the remake/remodel festivities as Jinnrail do on Million Lifetimes. The set is a master class in classic rock, and a thesis on how the style has seeped into and out of a dizzying array of other genres. Almost every one of the 16 tracks on the album explores a different facet of the style. A variety of numbers showcase classic rock's own roots, beginning chronologically with "That's How She Do," a blend of storming R&B and blistering rockabilly. Fast forwarding a decade, with "Hey Man" and "14 Stab Wounds" Jinnrail illustrate how R&B transmogrified into hard rock. The latter traces rock's antecedents directly back to fingerpickin' blues, "See My Friends" teaches how Americana too eventually electrified, while "Summer Can Change You" breezes its way from surfy R&B through British Invasion, and into the soaring leads of classic rock. After winding through the British Invasion and onto psychedelia and prog rock, Jinnrail then begin exploring classic rock's effect on later generations, encompassing punk rock, post-punk and new wave along the way. The anthemic "Girls Are Weapons" rolls '60s era Rolling Stones into the Cult, and adds a shoutalong new school psych-riven punk rock chorus. That's cool, "My Problems" is genius. Built on a rubber band-y bassline and art rock electronics, the song slides into driving hard rock and out onto acoustic R&B. "Vermont to Sunset" is equally inspired jazz fusion that blends in a touch of the Doors and a tinge of hip-hop. There again, virtually the entire set is this inspired. Best of all, the melodies are strong, the hooks lethal, the choruses catchy, and the playing and vocal performances stellar throughout. From bruising rockers to the gentle Americana of the twinned closing tracks, you'll need to indeed live a Million Lifetimes to hear a rock record as intensely creative and enjoyable as this.

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