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Normally in a post about the Forever 27 club, I would try to crack a joke about how it shouldn’t be confused with Forever 21.  However, it saddens me to report that British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead Saturday in her London flat at the age of 27.  Since I’ve already mentioned the number two times, you may be wondering what the significance of 27 is.

Let me explain: in the music industry there seems to be a strange “curse” involving famous musicians that have died at the age of 27.  Members of the 27 club include Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, and, now, Amy Winehouse.  Since so many musicians have died at this age, there are articles, websites, and even books that pay tribute to what has been dubbed the “Forever 27 Club” or the “27 Club” for short.

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When it comes to classic rock, there’s no chance of beating out the greats, such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and The Who.  But is it possible to come close to their sounds over 40 years later?  Absolutely. On Rival Sons‘ debut album, “Pressure and Time,” they did just that.

The music on “Pressure and Time” is reminiscent of the legendary musicians listed above, with a few modern tweaks.  Even though the music is similar, Rival Sons don’t completely rip off any tracks from 60s and 70s blues rock bands either.  But, this revisited sound isn’t even the most impressive part of “Pressure and Time.”

According to Earache Records, Rival Sons “wrote, recorded and mixed the new album in just 20 days.”  I’m sorry, did I read that correctly?  On a band’s first album, they had the ability and guts to make a legitimately good product in just 20 days?  That’s really impressive in my opinion.  If you’re interested in checking out “Pressure and Time,” it’s available for purchase on iTunes.

-Mike Thal