If you are one of the mindless masses that falls in-line with the fallacy that rock-n-roll is dead, then obviously you have not treated your ears to Raised On Rock ‘N’ Roll the latest piece of music from NY’s Strange Majik. David Pattillo, the man behind the Strange Majik moniker has an ear for music which is obvious when you hear anything the man puts his fingers on. A true musical chameleon, Pattillo is able to effortlessly adjust and manipulate sounds all over the wide musical spectrum to get exactly what he wants. His diversity is evident from his production work with a multitude of artists to the blues infused garage rock of his band the Dead Exs to last year’s funk, hip-hop, r&b, rock masterpiece Lights On and now with his ode to rock-n-roll.
Raised On Rock ‘N’ Roll is more than just another record. Strange Majik has assembled a collection of tunes that are an homage to New York, the rich history of rock and the soulful sounds that came out of Stax and Muscle Shoals. The album immediately wins listeners over with the track “Going to Miami”. Boisterous horns steal the show and as the infectious rhythms invade your body it is next to impossible not to break out into a James Brown shuffle. From there Pattillo bears witness to the wide divide that is rock-n-roll. “Electrified” delves into the soulful underbelly, nasty blues riffs carry “Don’t Mess with the Girl from Texas”, “Cocaine Kisses” is a piano heavy boogie woogie with a nice splash of fiddle and “Workingman” is one damn funky number that will have you hitting repeat. With an album loaded with good music Pattillo is at his best on the songs “Listening to Leon” and the title track “Raised on Rock ‘N’ Roll”. The former is less an ode to Leon than what listening to his music means to Pattillo, and the latter is a rocking tune that finds him extolling the virtues of rock legends that have shaped music as well as his career.
Music is a very powerful medium and is meant to be enjoyed. Raised on Rock ‘N’ Roll is an enjoyable record that gets better once you get under the surface. It is well written, offering listeners a chance to chill out and listen to the words or get up and groove to the music. Stange Majik has offered a rebuttal to the rock-n-roll naysayers & non-believers that it is alive and well.