CD REVIEW: Electric Illusion by Dizzy Box Nine

Dizzy Box Nine are the brainchild of guitarist/producer Randy Ludwig, with great playing by all on – Electric Illusion. The guitars and vocals are well-backed, but they’re essentially in the forefront as he plays some awesome runs over these short but sweet experimental pop songs. There’s a lot of cuts, starting with “Open Up To Me” with its rocky moments. It’s no indication of exactly what’s to come next, but you do get some tasty guitar, and that’s something the album is full of. The whole thing picks up from there and takes you on an unexpected journey you don’t necessarily hear coming after the first track.

The opening chords to “Oh Yeah” will prove my point right away. This is a punk-ish pop tune with all the trimmings. You’re tapping your toe within seconds of the start of this song. “Good” leads the album with its improvised pop structured sensibility. It’s another killer song with lots of underlying soul. A perfectly chosen gem for a single.

You don’t hear this music every day. However, it isn’t something that’s never been done before either. It’s just good original rock ‘n roll. There’s no need to put anything on it, like the layers of white noise you often find on a lot of today’s Americana recordings. This is more straightforwardpop with a raw sound to an eclectic bunch of songs that were meant to go together. That’s one thing you feel as soon as you hear “Fantasy” grace your ears with its positive message to “open up your mind’ and it works as-long as you let it. There’s a purity to this music that only takes one listen to get into, and, once you do, it all sparkles.

“Rosie” is a track with acoustic guitar and with a storytelling vibe to it. But you’ll notice some searing electric leads over it. You wind up really rocking with it in no time, but you don’t necessarily get the impression that will be the case when the song starts out. It’s just as good as any other track on the album, and the background vocals here shine.

“Punk Rock Girl” isn’t really a punk rock song, but it’s about a girl who seems to like punk rock, and kind of highlights the reality that all good things eventually come to an end.

I also like “Adeline” as one of the hot picks because it’s one of the most energetic tracks yet it still combines some great acoustic playing. This is probably one of the best tracks on offer. But the album really plays so evenly that there are a lot of contenders for best track. My favorite track of all is “Plane Song”, for its overall hard rocking and smooth talking. I love the lyrics and everything about it, but as I mentioned before, it’s a close-call as to which Is the best track. One thing is sure,there are lots of magical places to be discovered on Electric Illusion.


by Kevin Webber

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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