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The Nude Party from the album Rides On available on New West Records (by Lee Zimmerman)
The naked truth about The Nude Party is pretty simple. Here’s an unpretentious Rock’n’Roll party band who aim only to entertain their faithful legions, embellishing the mix with steady rhythms, an amiable approach, clear confidence and clarity. Rides On, their fourth album to date, proves the point. It’s simply an agreeable set of songs, flush with honest emotion and the honest intention of providing a celebratory showing.
In truth, that’s been their mission since early on, when they gained their name by doing exactly what it describes, playing with bare-ass bravado sans clothing or concerns. Now, with a respectable record company affiliation and the need to maintain at least the appearance of a more mature disposition, they still manage to retain a certain nonchalance. The majority of the tracks retain that easy, unbridled approach, one that finds songs such as “Word Gets Around”, “Hard Times (All Around)”, and “Hey Monet” basking in a generally genial attitude. As the album ambles on, that loose and limber delivery takes a slightly darker turn, giving “Somebody Tryin’ To Hoodoo Me”, “Tell ‘Em”, and “Sold Out of Love” a swampy sound that somewhat reminiscent of the drier designs of Bob Dylan at his most unapologetic. That said, it lacks any real grit or gravitas. The music coasts at an easy, breezy pace, avoiding sharp edges or weightier resolve.
Ultimately, Rides On comes across as a more organic offering — loose, limber and mostly carefree. It is, at its essence, simply an enjoyable collection if sturdy and assured rock and revelry, one conceived with the sole intent of providing entertainment and enjoyment. There’s no need to plough below the surface, given the fact that the melodies are so effortlessly employed. Consider Rides On an exercise in smooth sailing.
(By Lee Zimmerman)
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