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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Burgundy Ties

On the Other Side

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On Milwaukee quartet Burgundy Ties’ first full-length CD, On the Other Side, the group comes across like an adult-contemporary radio dream band. Echoes of laconic ’70s country rock and singer-songwriter confessional sensitivity get filtered through current-day Americana. Those influences mingle with the kind of grown-up pop that keeps bands such as Train and Third Eye Blind in business. Burgundy Ties makes it all sufficiently catchy, and the musicianship is accomplished in a way that flirts with jam band parameters. Much as their sound would fit into most any Lite FM song rotation, it's easy to understand how the Ties might make an even greater impression in a live setting. Here's looking forward to their capturing that kind of energy in the studio.