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North 95 (95 North, 2004)

The Melroys

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

The Melroys' debut release is part country and part Beatlesque pop. The Beatles' influence is present throughout. "Where The Good Ones Go" is a tribute to the late George Harrison, whose early guitar style is also in evidence. The pop ballad "I Can't Forget" includes background "sha la las" reminiscent of the Beatles' cover of "Baby It's You."

There's also plenty of twang. "Who'd A Thought You'd Be The First To Go" is a honky-tonk weeper, and "Highway Meets The Sky" has a 70's country rock feel to it. Songwriter and primary vocalist Randy Leiner's voice recalls that of '60s pop star Johnny Rivers, in particular on the tune "Top Of The World." Leiner wrote all the tunes on the disc except for an effective cover of Billy Swan's "Lover Please" that closes the disc.

In addition to Leiner the St. Louis band consists of Greg Hopkins (bass), Mike Enderle (drums) and Jordan Leiner (guitar). With nice harmonies and strong musicianship, The Melroys deliver a pleasant collection of country pop tunes. (Box 10070, Swanzey, N.H. 03446, 95 North Records)

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