I´m amazed that Vivian Campbell found some time off from touring with Def Leppard and his side-project Line In Line, to record another album with Riverdogs. I´m glad he did because the world needs another record from this underrated band, and this time around also a full length album since the previous "World Gone Mad" from 2011 was a mini album.
"California" opens with the rather average "American dream" where the chorus "Hey Hey Hey" really don´t belong on a Riverdogs record, it´s not the signum of a great Riverdogs song. But things get better from here, "The revolution starts tonight" is next and it´s a bluesy rocker that sounds really good.
And blues is the word of the day for this band because the following "Something inside" is even more bluesy, at first I wasn´t too impressed by the song itself except Lamothe´s great vocalperformance but I´ve gotten to like it more now.
Rob Lamothe is such an awesome singer, he can make anything sound good. I would even buy a record of lullabies with this guy. But don´t worry, it´s not time for a lullaby just yet because "California" is a 100% rock album where the highlights are "The heart is a mindless bird", "Golden glow" and "Ten thousand reasons".