Artful Dodger: Rave On

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R-2710208-1297549700.jpegArtful Dodger blazes no new trails but, on this latest album, the group follows traditional ones with style, grace and sincerity. Though the band doesn’t often tap sources as old as Buddy Holly’s “Rave On,” the album title correctly suggests a reliance on vintage rock. Like the similarly styled and now defunct Raspberries, Artful Dodger draws heavily on 60s pop/rock groups and comes up with music that sounds simultaneously fresh and familiar. Chief assets on this recommended disc include strong lead and harmony vocals plus a facility for hooks and melodies.

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