So there I am driving along in my car. I’m on the A9 northbound and all I’ve got to do is count the speed cameras until I run out of fingers and listen to hard driving rock music. That is how it came to pass that Root Deco’s “Crystal Pool” album became my temporary new best friend.
Now, I will state that there is nothing particularly original about this album, and there’s even a pub rock tame cover of Cream’s “Deserted Cities of the Heart” to prove that, but nonetheless the music of this band makes for a fine travelling companion with more than enough variety to stop you from crashing into the nearest petrol tanker. Hammering their way through the rock sub genres seems to be the way to go for Root Deco with the wholesome southern rock of “Good News Today” sitting nicely alongside the gritty sixties flavoured power chords of “Big Parade” and a venture into blues rock territory (“Doctor”) works out just fine too.
Whilst it would have been easy to take potshots at bands like this, Root Deco escape that kind of pen powered punishment through the sheer honesty of their music. Devoid of pretention, “Crystal Pool” is the kind of album that would make for the perfect soundtrack to Friday night blue collar beer drinking. Or long distance driving for that matter.
“Crystal Pool” is available from CD Baby amongst other places.