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The Jeff Carlson Band 'Yesterday’s Gone' Album Review By JD Rich

The Jeff Carlson Band

Yesterday’s Gone

RFL Records

April 23, 2021

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

It’s no secret that musicians dip into a deep well for inspiration- be it political climate, anger at current events, inner reflection, traumatic childhood- the list goes on and on. In this case, serious illness and a brief death experience served as muses for new release, Yesterday’s Gone, from The Jeff Carlson Band.​

You’d think being dead for three minutes would scare any person into perpetually hiding under the bed. I know that’s where I would be. Not the case for frontman Jeff Carlson (I won’t go into detail with the hows and whys- it’s not my place.) In fact, their second release digs in deeper and harder, refusing to succumb to fear. This is a true testament to Carlson’s perseverance as a rocker, as well as devotion to his family and band.​

Yesterday’s Gone is Hard Rock, plainly put. No nitpicky sub genre classification. No hybrid offshoots. This Las Vegas quartet zeroed in with laser focus and cultivated their sound with hyper-awareness of intent. Production gimmicks and excess theatricality were left by the wayside in favor of clean-sounding, honest Rock that holds meaning for any music fan. Just because a musician temporarily shuffled off this corporeal dimension doesn’t mean the music has to be dark, somber, or depressing. Yesterday’s Gone is all about overcoming uncertainty with exuberance. Carlson’s vocals are not a force to be underestimated. Every word is reinforced with inner strength and dedication. Equally up to the challenge are his bandmates. And yes, they all rise to the occasion with as much intent and talent.

Robbie Wolf (not the former American Picker’s guy) is a solid guitarist with dependable riffs that don’t divert attention from the overall group effort. There is no fight for the spotlight between Wolfe and Carlson. They work as a unified force, raising each other to new heights. Drummer Todd Turgeon, the timekeeper of this outfit, maintains a symbiotic relationship with bassist Corey Kay. Both take the reins in setting direction for each track and keeping it steady. Turgeon injects his own percussion flair, but not as a distraction from the rest of the parts. Instead, this adds texture to the overall sound. Meanwhile, Kay’s basslines keep the music rooted in steadfast navigation.​

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention special guest guitarist Mark Slaughter (from Slaughter. Duh.) Check out bonus track “La Do Da” to hear his contribution on Yesterday’s Gone. Although it’s not the shortest track on the album, it seems to fly right by, and it’s a real toe-tapper. Another bonus track, “Promise The Moon,” wraps up the album on a sweet, slower feel, featuring an orchestral backdrop.​

Yesterday’s Gone is a glimpse from someone who faced the Grim Reaper and came out of it resolved not to take anything for granted, and it seems as if that perspective spread outward. It’s a story of having the will to do better. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow begins with a clean slate, so make the best of it.​

  

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https://www.jeffcarlsonband.com/

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https://www.instagram.com/jeffcarlsonband/?hl=en

https://www.rflrecords.com/jeffcarlsonband

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