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08 Jun 2014 - 02:33:11 pm

TESLA - Simplicity [Digipak + bonus] (2014)

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We had to wait almost 6 years for an all-new studio album from TESLA, but well worth it. "Simplicity" (only their seventh in a near thirty year recording career) is finally out today on Frontiers Records.
Since the last Forever More, they've treated us to the Alive In Europe! and Twisted Wires (The Acoustic Sessions) albums that filled a gap but kept reminding us of what a superb band they've always been, with just a handful of new songs thrown into the mix like a taster before the main course.

With four of the five members who recorded the debut 'Mechanical Resonance' back in 1986 still going strong, Tesla is also a band that cherishes their fans, a honest, working class band that understands what itís like to work hard to make a living.†
Thereís also been a honesty and a hope about the band too wearing jeans and t-shirts at the height of eighties glam, and singing about the bigger things in life along with the rock and roll.
At fourteen songs itís also a hefty document of where the band is at currently, and first scanning the track list I was a little surprised that the 2013 stop-gap single ĎTaste My Painí wasn't on there, it was after all an excellent song. But occurs "Simplicity" is a real 'return to their roots' record that may surprise a lot of their long-term fans.

The opening to first track "MP3" has a burst of trademark guitar before setting up a great groove before Jeff Keith bemoans a world out of touch with reality ridden with technology and lacking simplicity and heart. Itís a great way to open and segues nicely into "Richochet" (about playing live and also possibly an ode to 'Uncle' Ted Nugent), a heavy, urgent hard rocker that has Frank Hannon blazing away on the solo.
"Rise and Fall" adds a shot of mythology with its opening apocalyptic vision and sounds like proto-Aerosmith circa 1976 before first single "So Divine" really grabs you by the front of the (t)shirt. Itís the sort of song Tesla has made their staple over the years Ė a simple acoustic intro and vocal before the guitar chimes in and lifts the song to another level entirely before easing back again to deliver another low key verse.†
Add to the mix a killer solo and you have Tesla of the highest order. This is the way we like our Hard Rock.

Keyboard-led number "Cross My Heart" has a deep groove and tells the tale of a musician on the road proclaiming his faithfulness to the girl heís left at home. Itís perfectly placed in the track-listing to take the foot off the gas, and has enough of the barroom blues about it to suggest it will be a great part of the live set. ††
Then "Honestly" is another Tesla classic that builds beautifully and then ebbs again into a plaintive plea for understanding. Itís another killer tune.†
Next up "Flip Side" which marks the midway point of the CD looks at the dualities of life (something echoed on the later "Life is a River") in a bluesy melody that relies on voice and guitar juxtaposed with a harder guitar line in the chorus. Itís the sort of raw sound that to some will sound unfinished but will delight others who love that stripped back early Aerosmith sound. † †

"Other Than Me" is a beautiful, simple yet terrific ballad, before "Break of Dawn" brings back that heavy guitar and takes us back to where the album began sonically with Keithís unique delivery underlining the deep groove. One of my personal faves with the much younger Dave Rude laying down some serious heavy riffage.
"Burnout to Fade" is another compelling composition, a commercial mid-tempo that sounds like a radio single if I ever heard one, but itís "Life Is A River" that is one of the real standouts both lyrically and musically - †a wonderful meditation on letting life just flow that has an almost Beatles-like insistence and beauty. Certainly one of the highlights here.

Itís at this point that you realise that sometimes 14 songs isn't enough. There may well be almost enough here for two quality releases but putting so much quality out in one hit means you will be listening to this for some time to come.
"Sympathy" heralds the run-out with a burst of controlled power Ė itís a song that smoulders before bursting into life, riding some wonderful guitar.
Penultimate track "Time Bomb" is an equally impressive song of defiance and closing track "Till That Day" takes the mood down a notch again to leave us with what is a very satisfying listen.
But's there's more on this Digipak version; the writing demo versions of "Burnout to Fade" and "Honestly", the latter in a stripped acoustic form showing the beauty of a great song in the making.

The material from "Simplicity" found their genesis on producer Tom Zutautís Virginian ranch over a number of weeks, were laid down and refined at Brian Wheatís Sacramento recording studio and finally mixed by legend Michael Wagener. Itís that immediacy of recording that adds a lot of the power here.
Tesla is in top form, better than never I'd say.
Throughout the album, drummer Troy Luccketta and bassist Brian Wheat weld the rhythms together in a seriously tight display of musicianship whilst Rude and Hannon combine with fabulous displays of riffs, licks and acoustic tonality embellished with shredding solos that are just the right length of tasty and never out of place, sitting astride the songs with an air of accomplishment. And of course, we have the intact Jeff Keith's unique raspy vocals telling these stories in his own inimitable style.
"Simplicity" is up there with their very, very best.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


01. M P 3
02. Ricochet
03. Rise and Fall
04. So Divine...
05. Cross My Heart
06. Honestly
07. Flip Side!
08. Other than Me
09. Break of Dawn
10. Burnout to Fade
11. Life is a River
12. Sympathy
13. Time Bomb
14. 'Til that Day
15. Burnout to Fade (writing demo) - Bonus Track
16. Honestly (writing demo) - Bonus Track

Jeff Keith: Lead Vocals
Frank Hannon: Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Bass
Brian Wheat: Bass, Vocals, Piano
Troy Luccketta: Drums and Percussion
Dave Rude: Guitars, Vocals, Bass
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