“Ride On” is a riff-laden rock anthem that brings to mind Aerosmith or the Black Crowes, but isn’t particularly memorable. Same with the next few tracks, “Peace and War” and “Reflect Your Light.” “Lost in Today” and “Rolling Backwards” both have catchy choruses, and maybe resemble the music from their first release more than anything on here. The title track is a “slow burn” all right, slowly burning a trail out of my head. The guitars on “Sweet Girl” are haunting, ala Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused,” but the similarity ends there. “Do My Best” is an acoustic-based song that is the most melodic of this bunch.
I’m a songwriter myself, and I hate to put anyone’s work down. But I couldn’t help but think as I was listening to this that these guys can do so much better. I know, because I’ve heard them do it before. Jeremiah Freed might be a great live band, because the musicianship is certainly there as they are talented players beyond their ages. But aside from that, they’ve taken a mighty swing and missed with Slow Burn. Hopefully, it’s just a sophomore jinx.
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