The West Coast rock style is an almost lost music form these days, probably because most aficionados who remember the genre are entering their fifties. When modern examples like Big Krush are found, you must first wonder if they can get it right. Big Krush, on their second album Wake Up World succeeds with exceptional results. Many words can describe the West Coast sound including smooth, mellow, even 'a good groove.' This is the substance of the Big Krush sound. Songs like Just Believe, Learn to Love Again or Times a Healer have the breezy feel of light wind off the Pacific on a mild Summer day. These songs create a relaxed, almost lazy, feel that requires clam diggers, sandals, a linen shirt and a glass of cool wine. This is not to say that Big Krush can't bring some energy. Wake Up World and I Live I Breathe are uptempo pieces that ultimately depend on that effortless smooth groove. Whether lazy and lush or uptempo and ambitious, Wake Up World is marked by founder Bob Acquaviva's slick fret work and Vince Cavo lead vocals over the grand vocal arrangements. Big Krush's Wake Up World, as good as it is, is still an anamoly in a music business and era that pushes for the harsh and raucous. Both energetic and soothing, Wake Up World is first class West Coast AOR. Recommended!
Big Krush's Wake Up World, as good as it is, is still an anamoly in a music business and era that pushes for the harsh and raucous. Both energetic and soothing, Wake Up World is first class West Coast AOR.
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