Friday, June 1, 2012

CD Review: "Lovers" Reaches New Heights For The Royalty

Texas rock band, The Royalty return with their Victory Records debut album entitled “Lovers.”  The new album was released back on May 8th and had received some raving reviews. The new album carries a very retro sound to the late-sixties, early seventies, combining garage rock with soul to create a wonderful rocking sound with amazing vocals supplied by Nicole Boudreau.

The album leads off with the rock-shuffle of “Bartender.” The song “How I Like ‘Em” has Nicole flexing her pipes sounding a little like Adele with an attitude. The funk beats that the band pump into the songs “Other Boys” and “Every Little Bit” gives a retro feeling to the song’s overall modern sound. The Royalty performs to today’s radio standards on “I Want You” and “Bottle Breaker,” but also show some punk rebellion on “Mr. Hyde.” The band slow down the tempo for the floating, angelic sounds of “Witchcraft,” before finishing with the funky soul of “Saint Bowie” and the piano ballad “Won’t Be Long.”

The Royalty has some scattered live dates on the west coast throughout the summer. Check out the band’s website ( for a complete list of tour dates and more information on the new album, “Lovers.”

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