Friday, January 31, 2014


ROOTS & WINGS by Stef Burns League
(Ultratempo Records)

Stef Burns is back! The guitarist, songwriter and performer who has performed along side artists such as Sheila E, Y&T, Berlin, Michael Bolton, Narada M. Walden, Alice Cooper (he also had a part in the film "Wayne's World") and Huey Lewis & the News. Five years after his previous outing, 'World Universe Infinity', Stef Burns unveils, 'Roots & Wings' together with fellow musicians, Roberto Tiranti -bass/vocals, Juan van Emmerloot - drums/vocals and Fabio Valdemarin - keys/guitar/vocals, they form The Stef Burns League. 'Roots & Wings,' a album that was four years in the making, is an impressive recording from start to finish. This album is more than just "catchy." Catchy it is, of course, but there is substance to this band. In a world with so many different dime-a-dozen rock bands, The Stef Burns League is a diamond in the rough. There's no weak link on this album with great performances from everyone especially Stef Burns' killer guitar playing and very strong and melodic vocals. The musical brilliance contained within this album sounds finely crafted. The production is also really good with a massive melodic rock sound and a crystal clear mix. Highlights include the upbeat lead off single, "What Doesn't Kill Us", "Something So Beautiful", the awesome rocking vibe of, "Paper Cup" and "Cover You". There are two instrumental tracks, the hauntingly beautiful, "Sky Angel" and cinematic splendor of, "Us", both exhibiting just how amazing a guitarist Stef Burns truly is. The album closes with the amazing layered vocals of "Patience". 'Roots & Wings' is guaranteed to provide many hours of melodic rock bliss to those patient enough to delve into the super-sized portion of sound presented here. It's refreshing to see a return to the basics of harmonious composition and great singing. There isn't a bad moment anywhere, not one bit of sappiness, annoyance, boredom, insufferability, or any other of the failings that have doomed countless promising albums. This is the kind of album where new sonic details emerge even after multiple repeated listenings. In a nutshell, if you love music, this album quite literally has everything you want. - Highly Recommended
Tony aka The Atomic Chaser @The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine

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