Thursday, August 26, 2010

Review: Ready In 10 "31 Strong"

Besides having a love for numbers, Ready In 10 has a passion for good old fashioned pop rock. The release of their new CD, "31 Strong" will surely secure this Long Island band a pole position in the race to become the world's next Goo Goo Dolls.

Ready In 10 lifted their name from a Chinese restaurant menu promising quick delivery. You could say Ready In 10 does the same, serving up tasty no-nonsense pop rock track after track. "31 Strong" follows their 2006 debut, "Face the World", and consists of eight new studio tracks and a live version of the crowd pleasing "Turn Your Red Light To Green".

Vocalist Sal Nastasi sometimes does an uncanny Jon Bon Jovi, most evident in his inflections during the opener, "Song For A Southern Drive". This radio-friendly tune is just one of many on "31 Strong" that feature sizzling guitar riffs and well placed harmonies. Additional highlights include the moody "Immune", the soft and beautiful "When She Moves", and the excellent "Come Home", where Nastasi delivers one of his more heartfelt performances. There is tremendous promise in this band and just a few things I'd suggest: get a better production team, write some more upbeat tunes, and concentrate even more on writing bigger and badder hooks to make the listener want to come back for more.

You should be hearing some Ready In 10 soon - their songs have been licensed to several television shows and a new sci-fi movie coming out called The Stone. In the meantime, get your hands on their mp3s and rock out.

iPOD-worthy: 1, 3, 4, 6

Ready In 10 on MySpace. Official site. Get it.

Check out a video for "Turn Your Red Light To Green":

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