Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Belva & The Randolph Bros. "Happy Fool" (Randolph Bros. Productions)

The Star City's own Randolph Bros. return, this time adding a sister to the mix. Belva's unique vocals on the super catchy "Happy Fool" immediately draw you in with a delivery that's somehow innocent yet knowing. Ultimately, it becomes clear that she's not as blissfully ignorant as the title might lead us to believe. The rhythm section falls into lock step behind a crisp guitar line, as the horns deftly augment the tight arrangement with percussive melody. Then out of nowhere comes this blast of fuzz, as if the Deep Purple tour bus made a quick detour through the studio on the way to the Roanoke Civic Center. Truly out of left field, but, hey, it works!

Belva & The Randolph Bros. "Happy Fool"