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Review of Rip ‘N Time’s new LP, Playing Her Guitar Suite

Anthony Airdo, Columnist

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Rip ‘N Time is a band from the land of fame and fortune, Los Angeles, and all they want to do is to create new soundwaves in the musical ocean. They describe their new LP, Playing Her Guitar Suite, as “a magical road trip.” It has three songs, best listened to in a row. Their ultimate goal is to defeat the “Tarborgs,” evil robots explained in the graphic novella that is included with the CD. The lore they’ve built surrounding their band shrouds them in mystery, and the art in the novella isn’t half bad. The story makes absolutely no sense, but I can’t tell if that’s on purpose to make an artistic statement, or because the writing is amateur. In fact, the whole album mimics this pattern.

My feelings on the actual music are incredibly complex. On one hand, I enjoyed the “credits of an 80s movie” feel that the music had, but on the other hand, it’s so incredibly obtuse that I felt like I either had to be a musical appreciation professor or an 8 year old boy to understand it. I can’t tell if it’s ironic or serious, and I don’t know how to evaluate it either way. I will explain this: the music is for 5% of the population at best. It’s incredibly unique, which gives it an advantage, because it sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard, but I’m positive the majority of my friends wouldn’t enjoy it.

So would you enjoy this LP? It really comes down to what you like. If you think you can appreciate experimental 80s glam classic rock heavy metal, you’re going to dig the weird artistic sound that this album projects. For everyone else, try it, and maybe you’ll love it too.

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2 Responses to “Review of Rip ‘N Time’s new LP, Playing Her Guitar Suite”

  1. Emily G. Woodbind on December 14th, 2013 5:43 pm

    Dear Mr. Airdo:

    Rip ‘N Time, and all of us here at Bosue Recordz thank you for your review! All of us read it many times, and we ultimately and collectively agreed that the review was insightful and thought provoking. Above all, it was enjoyable to read!!

    And so, I just wanted to let you know: A quote from your review is now featured on the home page of http://playingherguitarsuite.com/index.html and a link leads to the full article. Similarly, a quote from your review is also featured on a post on Jayne Jeff’s blog– playingherguitarebook.com, December 13, 2013– http://playingherguitarebook.com/the-reviews-are-coming-in-for-rip-n-times-debut-cd-playing-her-guitar-suite/ And two tweets, regarding your review, were posted on RipNTime Fans—Rip ‘N Time’s twitter fan club page.

    We all thank you so much for your time and consideration!

    Sincerely,

    Emily G. Woodbind, Marketing and Publicity—Bosue Recordz

    P.S. Please thank Mr. Devin Jones for passing our CD along to you.

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  2. Anthony Airdo on December 17th, 2013 12:15 pm

    Hi, Anthony here.

    I’d like to address the misinterpretation of my article on your website. The intent of my words and the quote published on your site have completely different meanings because of the lack of context. I respectfully request that you either remove my quote or rephrase to comply with my initial meaning.

    Rock on!
    I look forward to hearing your next album.
    -Anthony, Columnist

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