Singers are another obvious reference, although Young is a much different guitarist.
Young comes out rocking hard on the opener, "Trees, Voices, Saturn" with hard distorted lines over Hoff's relentless, unprocessed ostinato. Throughout the album, Ryan prefers to "lead from behind," rarely dominating the soundstage. Whammy-bar power chords toggle against clean Jim Hall
snippets on "Possession," which also evokes Black Sabbath at certain points. Underneath Young's wah-wah onslaught, Ryan unleashes a series of tom-tom fills that sounds like a marriage of Gene Krupa and Ginger Baker.
's "Mortgage on my Soul," though, is unrecognizably cloaked under the fiercest "wacka-wacka" this side of the Isaac Hayes theme from Shaft.
Hoff finally gets a feature on the change-of-pace-ish "Slow Sculpture," and he makes the most of it, turning in a brilliant slice of thumb-position flamenco-like musings in the tradition of the great Jimmy Garrison