Show & Tell Album Sampler

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On this pre-release sampler for their 2004 sophomore album, Philadelphia's Silvertide convincingly harvest the evergreen foliage of '70s hard and Southern rock. A fine and expressive singer in the soulful, Chris Robinson/Paul Rodgers mold, vocalist Walt Lafty proves he's the band's ace in the hole on these four mostly impressive tracks: "Ain't Comin' Home" is pure AC/DC, "California Rain" kinda sounds like Foghat, "Blue Jeans" is a Skynyrd-esque blues ballad, and "Devil's Daughter" is a highly qualified Crowes/Faces knock-off. More importantly, these songs sound a lot less contrived than the uncharacteristically cheesy lyrics and performance video for the song "Mary Jane" (included in this disc's multimedia section) would suggest. Recommended homework assignments that'll help Silvertide make some waves before they're through: expand their songwriting palette, focus on their earthy hard rock instincts, tone down the lead guitar player's glaring Slash obsession, and re-style the two guys who look like members of Blues Traveler.

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