The third record from guitar great Stuart Smith’s Heaven & Earth is an amazing throwback to the way rock n’ roll is supposed to sound. “Dig” is very reminiscent of Deep Purple’s “Perfect Strangers” era, complete with powerful vocals from Joe Retta and mind-boggling keyboards from Arlan Schierbaum, who is best known for his work with Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart.
The first single, “I Don’t Know What Love Is,” is a melodic power ballad with soulful vocals and beautiful orchestration, while “Back in Anger” is a fierce rocker with smoldering guitar and B3 solos.
The bluesy “Good Times” and the dirty sounding “Sexual Insanity” rock like classic Whitesnake and the album ending ass-kicker “Victorious” left me craving more. There’s no doubt in my mind that all classic rockers will love this record, and I’m willing to bet that these guys are absolutely killer in a live setting.
“Dig” is the perfect album for old guys like me with a bad case of ‘back-in-the-day’ syndrome!
Tim Taylor is a writer for Zoiks! Online, and is based in Dallas, TX. Follow him on Twitter at @nutgoat. Email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.