398. Curious Fools – Curious Fools
CURIOUS FOOLS (1995)
The self-titled debut from stellar rockers Curious Fools has stayed apart of my regular playlist for some 15 years now. It remains one of the finer produced rock albums in CCM for the time and Troy Deaton is a monster guitarist that has never really received his due.
The band would record three very solid projects all worthy of being mentioned. Lead by Stephen Murray’s Bonoesque vocals but in a much harder groove setting the entire band is polished and professional. The sound on the album is LARGE and the influences of real classic rock like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company are evident throughout.
There never seems to be a self-conscious decision to make three minute rock singles, but rather there is a constant “feel” from each songs the draws the listener and the surrounds him in the presence each song creates. Everything about the album is solid from the rhythm section that drives the project to the top shelf production at the hands of Steve Griffith of Vector fame.
There is a very cool cover of Janis Joplins’ “Piece of My Heart” that the band clearly makes their own. At times Murray’s voice gets a little strained but the huge production, wall of vocals and steamy guitar work saves the song from slipping into a morass. A real highlight for guitar work is the cut “You Kill Me” which is a feast of riffs as well as monster drum fills and thundering bass.Very solid release from a very solid band that should have lasted more than a few albums.