Web exclusive: Ligion grows momentum 


“External Affairs”
Maple Jam/Bellum Records
3 stars

Rock radio has been so bland and injudiciously derivative for so long, it is no wonder classic rock hasn’t worn out its welcome. That makes Ligion’s debut, “External Affairs,” all the more refreshing. This Nashville, Tenn., quintet hasn’t broken new ground, but they play with a passion seldom heard in today’s scene. Throw in a dynamic production by Greg Ladanyi, and you’ve got a noteworthy debut.

Ligion (pronounced like religion without the “re”) achieves something with “On the Way” that hasn’t been done since Stone Temple Pilots. The band manages to sound both primal and pretty, and quite catchy. It continues its streak with the anthemic roll of “Lost My Car” and the fashioned Brit pop of “Get Over Me.” Track five is the first slow and overproduced song on the CD. It doesn’t so much break any monotony as it does kill the momentum. But the band picks it right back up with the back-to-basics of “Come On,” a sort of turn it up and roll with it.

Ligion isn’t trying to score points in the pretension department. More precisely, “External Affairs” is an effort that convinces it’s imbued with the spirit of rock ’n’ roll. Expect Ligion to infiltrate rock radio any day, if they haven’t already.


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