CRACK THE SKY "OSTRICH"
With Ostrich, Crack the Sky once again offers up an unbelievable album that few people are likely to hear, returning with one of their best albums in years. This band is one of the best kept secrets in rock music, and have delivered a collection of pop/rock songs that sting while making you smile. The lyrics are full of satirical, smirky commentary that are wrapped in up tempo-yes, you can dance to it!
CTS continues to explore different sounds with each CD, and this one is no different, with a funkier sound (in a good way) than their previous recordings. Although I commend the band for extending their range and experimenting on recent recordings, this record is a return to their fun, upbeat style that fans fell in love with.
The songs are compelling, the musicianship is tight and rocking, and the production work is absolutely flawless.
CTS albums require more than just passive listening, and a few of them require some multiple spins and downright work on the listener's part as they can be dense, multilayered, intricate and thought-provoking. Nevertheless, they are always rewarding.
John Palumbo, having either hit a manic phase or attempting to get our attention via the back door, has penned some excellent tunes that the band delivers on. The chops and the creativity that made you a fan long ago are still there, with clever lyrics, tons of guitar, excellent bass and drums, and even horns!