Just when I thought I heard the latest and greatest of indie music (meaning Badmouth; read review here), along comes The Cotton Soeterboek Band. Wow! This band is good, even awesome. Alan Cotton and Robert Soeterboek may not be household names in the so-called music biz or the first names off your lips when thinking of melodic rock and roll. But this is a match made in R'n'R heaven as Southern Comfort mixes with Coke; its so good! Mr. Cotton comes from the breadth of American rock including a significant dose of southern rock. Mr. Soeterboek's (Ayreon, Wicked Sensation) passionate vocals are well suited to this amalgam of melodic hard rock.
Everything about 'Twisted' compels and satisfies. This is a heavy dose of old school melodic rock. Just listen to the organ work that permeates the whole work. Add to this Cotton's amazing and fundamental fret work. He amazes on 'Set Me Free,' 'Colorado,' simply beautiful, and 'Leave Me Blue,' a song with Southern style. Mr. Soeterboek has both passion and versatility. He shines on the aforementioned 'Colorado,' but also 'Leave Me Blue,' and the wonderful 'Still Of The Night.'
It's great to hear history brought forward to present day. Too many bands think they have to clone what's currently cool. Cotton and Soeterboek demonstrate that solid and significant music is still great and relevant. 'Twisted' is a sound, solid and exciting work that breaks modern conventions and proves that classic music is important and viable. Highly recommended! - Craig Hartranft
Cotton and Soeterboek demonstrate that solid and significant music is still great and relevant. 'Twisted' is a sound, solid and exciting work that breaks modern conventions and proves that classic music is important and viable.