Wiser Time - There and Back Again (2007)
I recently snagged front row tickets for the Black Crowes concert coming to Casino Rama in September. It's a Native Indian run casino north of Toronto with a concert venue. While digging around online I came across this band called Wiser Time. It caught my attention because the Crowes have a song called Wiser Time too. ( my favorite)...Wiser Time sounds like the Crowes little sister. They have a few records out too. This one is called "There and Back Again" Great little band!
There And Back Again
by Rhys Williams
Wiser Time are a New York based quartet who take their name from the Black Crowes' Amorica classic. This band owes a lot more than their moniker to the Robinsons, wielding a heavy, greasy, blues-saturated rock sound much akin to the brothers Chris and Rich.
It's no small feat then that this album, 'There And Back Again', is likely to be the equivalent of 'Shake Your Moneymaker' for a new generation of blues/rock fans. The album consists of eleven hard-rocking epics that barely leave the listener time to breathe, full of dual guitar lines and swampy rock 'n' roll swagger.
The key factor that may prove invaluable in separating Wiser Time from the scores of similar bands, and propel them into the limelight, is vocalist Carmen Sclafani, who possesses the type of molasses-drenched voice that belongs in the 1970s. He is the perfect unifying voice for the band's sleazy sound, and a formidable frontman.
Even the most skeptical of critics would be hard pushed to find holes to pick at in this release, and the band moves from strength to strength, firing on all cylinders from start to close. Sure, the band wears its influences proudly on its sleeve, with the music harking back to the 1960s and 70s, but when the end result is this fresh and exciting, who cares! Rating: 4/5 STARS
Posted by wino at Monday, June 22, 2009