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Raftree Reviews

  • "radio-ready"

    After first reading your bio, I thought you had set the bar pretty high and I was curious about how you really sounded. Well, I found myself bouncing and nodding right away, and then about 2/3 of the way through, I was already humming along. I think your description of the music as "...rhythmic melodies, raucous guitar riffs and expressive vocals...pro sound and production..." is right on the money. When I first heard the singer, he reminded me very much of David Lee Roth in the register, but it didn't take long to hear the unique qualities of his voice that drew me into the song right away and had me humming along not much later. He's got great delivery and a sultry quality that's all his. The musicianship is superior across the board and I particularly liked the tasty guitar solo. This composition has plenty of sing-along parts for the listener, and the verse-chorus transitions flow easily and naturally. But you also had musical tension because of the dynamic changes in volume and intensity, all of which make this song even more compelling. The production does sound big and wide and complements the song very well. And everything is even and well-balanced, giving this song a professional feel. Combine all that with the seductive rhythms and passionate performance, and you have a song that could appeal to a broad audience. I can't think of anything I'd do differently. Everything about this song says "radio-ready" to me. Keep up the great work! You rock!!! Feel free to comment on this review using the Community Feedback feature on my profile page. You may use any or all of this review in your promotion. Thanks for letting me listen to your music.
    – Leslie Bailik (Real Rocker Chic) A&R Roadrunner Records
  • "big sound" "headbanging"

    I think your description of your music fits very well with what I just listened to. This song is hard rock at its best. It's got an infectious beat, excellent and passionate vocals, and headbanging properties, as well as high-quality musicianship across the board and huge production values. Altogether, you have a style that is familiar, yet with your own distinct sound, making it easy for a listener to identify you. This song is radio-ready. Keep up the great work! Feel free to comment on this review using the Community Feedback feature on my profile page.
    – Leslie Bialik (Real Rocker Girl)
    Former A&R Roadrunner Records
  • " "The Long Way" is the debut from New Jersey’s Raftree. The band’s style fits in well with the contemporary sounds heard on local radio stations like WDHA and fellow American hard rockers Three Days Grace, Sevendust, to harder edgier sounds of Godsmack on album opener ‘What I Say’ with its accenting guitar leads."
    – Rich Catino

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    http://www.metalasylum.net/reviews/2011/mr11101.php
  • “What I Say” sounds very 'American Rock' because of the vocals and guitar riffs. Also, it is short enough for the purposes of commercial radio play and long enough to get the most out of it.

    This song is the perfect solution if you like solid and predatory heavy rock in conjunction with interestingly arranged bass lines, professional yet not intrusive guitar riffs, well laid drum beats and Ken Raftree's strong voice, who sings naturally without leaning on the auto-tuning trend as many modern vocalists sometimes do.
    – Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz
    (August 7th, 2011 )
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    http://fabryka.darknation.eu/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=392
  • Raftree - What I Say (song review) |self-released, The Long Way, 2009| 5/5

    The song “What I Say” was released on the debut Raftree album entitled "The Long Way" and becomes memorable after the very first listening. This is possible thanks to repetitive instrumental parts that are utilized to build the song structure. However, if you listen closely to the sound of every instrument involved, you will be able to pick out a few intriguing parts played on bass (Scott Jackson), drums (Vincent Livolsi) and guitars (Paul J. Baccash) which break into melodic recurrence with interesting episodes; once a guitar solo, then a unisono, where emphatic vocals interlace with grasping guitar riffs. The musicians compliment each other's playing, but also the song construction allows for their own separate talents to show. If they ever decided to make guest appearances on releases from other artist their musicianship would most certainly guarantee them to be welcomed with open arms.
    Hailing from New Jersey, Raftree seems to have their own music style which contains the guitar driven musical influences of the last few decades, however they have their own distinct sound. “What I Say” sounds very 'American Rock' because of the vocals and guitar riffs. Also, it is short enough for the purposes of commercial radio play and long enough to get the most out of it.
    This song is the perfect solution if you like solid and predatory heavy rock in conjunction with interestingly arranged bass lines, professional yet not intrusive guitar riffs, well laid drum beats and Ken Raftree's strong voice, who sings naturally without leaning on the auto-tuning trend as many modern vocalists sometimes do.
    Are your seat belts on? Volume set loud enough? All right, let's go then!
    – Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz
    Fabryka Magazine, August 7th, 2011
  • Ken Raftree had a brilliant idea that turned into another brilliant idea that became the Raftree Band that is attracting alot of very very positive attention right now. One important reason and in fact the only really important reason for this rise in public acclaim is down to the fact that Ken knows a thing or two about how to write, compose and produce outstanding rock music with little tinges of pop and all manner of other enticements that makes your senses curl!
    – Colin Lynch - November 25 2006

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    http://indieezine.com/content/view/177/69/#.UMAWK4b4IeU
  • The Long Way connects instantly with listeners with lights out guitar playing, a powerhouse rhythm section and the expressive vocals and lyrics of their leader Ken Raftree. The album kicks into high gear at the onset with the energetic “What I Say” followed by raucous tracks such as “Over And Over” that drive home the Raftree sound with authority.
    – Muzik Reviews

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    http://www.muzikreviews.com/news_raftree.php