Go Faster is, at its core, a blues rock album. Kotzen kicks us into high gear right off the bat with the title track, which is a musical joyride about -- not surprisingly -- racing cars. Interestingly enough, none of the other songs seem to possess any traits that relate to the record title, but they're so good that I hardly care. "Fooled Again" is an eight minute epic that hardly feels like eight minutes, "Dust" is a hard rocker that possesses a wailing chorus which will infect your mind, and "Chase It" begins with a progression reminiscent of a seaside vacation before floating into a beautiful ballad about moving on. Every song on this release is solid, and I find it difficult not to hit repeat on each one as it begins to fade out.
I really love classic hard rock. My parents raised me on the stuff. At the same time, I'm thoroughly impressed and awed by the virtuosity that made Mike Varney's Shrapnel Records guitarists famous. Richie Kotzen brings the best of both worlds, and then tops it all off with a good deal of soul. I know that I've only skimmed the surface of his work, but I expect it won't take long to fix that. As for you, if you dig this sort of music, this is a good place to begin getting to know Kotzen. Go Faster is a great release -- I wouldn't change a thing.
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