Rock and roll isn't exactly dead, you just need to look in the right places. The New York based band Alberta Cross provides one such place on their debut full length, "Broken Side Of Time". Originally formed in London before relocating to New York, Alberta Cross have produced an album heavy on blues and classic rock influences, yet they leave their own stamp on it as well.
If I had to compare this band to someone else current, they bring to mind Band Of Horses if they went balls out guitar heavy. Petter Ericson Stakee has a unique voice, showing signs of his Swedish lineage, and it's perfect for this style of music. Even with the heavy emphasis on loud guitars, there is a prettiness to Alberta Cross' music, and Stakee's voice enhances that prettiness. This is not thrashing hard rock music, there is still a melodic sense on every track.
The Band Of Horses comparison is easily heard on one of the album's best tracks, "Taking Control". Stakee channels the voice of Ben Bridwell on his delivery here, a song with a rousing guitar assault in its final minute demanding to be played full blast. "Broken Side Of Time" and "Leave Us And Forgive Us" are other standouts, exemplifying the beauty that lies inside their music.
Here is a sampling of the Alberta Cross sound, the first single from the album, "ATX".
Other noteworthy tracks include the echoed, ominous "Rise From The Shadows" and the album's quiet, lovely acoustic based closer "Ghost Of the City Life", proof this band doesn't have to be plugged in to produce quality music. One of 2010's finer debut albums.
"Broken Side Of Time" was released widely March 9, 2010 in the US on ATO Records after a smaller scale release in September of 2009.