London-based rocker Sabatta released How To Get Even a couple of days ago. It’s his fifth full-length release consisting of twelve excellent numbers. For those who missed my review about Get Your Shit Together, one of the introductory singles, Sabatta combines all the fundamentals of rock ‘n’ roll sound. You’ll notice how elements of hard rock, stoner rock, garage rock, punk rock, and alternative found their way into this comprehensive collection of catchy, energetic songs. These experimentations work to the advantage of his sound, delivering nothing but a top-notch sonic experience that will unquestionably appeal to your listening apparatus no matter which rock subgenre you prefer.
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The album commences with Something, an excellent introductory piece that embraces all the vital elements of garage and hard rock.
Sabatta fully stacked this marvelous composition with catchy, detailed riffs and chord progressions, warm-sounding basslines, and moderate, well-accentuated rhythmic sequences. His outstanding voice perfectly matches the ambiance, as he skillfully emphasizes instrumentations in every segment of the song. Get Your Shit Together continues at the same pace, but it offers a perfect combination of funky chord progressions and profoundly fuzzy riffs. This style perfectly suits Sabatta’s vocal performance, as his vocal harmonies and guitar solo shine the brightest here. To Love Me Is To Know Me, Plugged In, and Blood Sweat And Tears offer that characteristic late sixties, early seventies garage rock, hard rock, rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Each of these tracks carries wisely arranged riffs that will immediately draw you in and keep focused until the end of the album. Like in the previous songs, Sabatta’s voice shines in the limelight with the perfectly balanced low, mid, and high notes, decorating the fuzziness offered by the guitars. The rhythm section is fully packed with equally impressive basslines and beats that will put you in a good mood.
Perhaps Get Over Yourself, Not Today, Take You There, and Here I Go Again might sound slower than the previous tracks, but this clever artist packed all of them with probably the best instrumentations on the entire album. The essence remains the same, fuzzy guitars are still there, but his vocal performance sounds more soulful, and the rhythm section resonates with more power. Sabatta relies more on the heavy grooves that often levitate between moderate and half-time tempo. It’s a nice transition from highly energetic rock ‘n’ roll songs, showcasing his versatility and skills. Sabatta speeds things up on How To Get Even but also introduces multiple vocal layers. These vocal maneuvers work like a charm, perfectly decorating more fuzzy, catchy, cleverly constructed riffs. How To Get Even is more melodic than the remainder of the material, and it has something special that will immediately convince you to put this song on your rock playlist. One Chance leans towards southern and stoner rock, but also introduces a more experimental approach to songwriting, while Small Victories carries arpeggiated chord progressions and equally complex warm-sounding basslines that will remind you of psychedelic rock ballads or early nineties indie songs. Still, this song carries an interesting, aggressive, raw chorus that comes without a warning. The censored, radio edit version of Get Your Shit Together serves as a closure of the album and reminds the listeners to repeat this outstanding material over again.
All in all, you should give this excellent album a spin if you’re into rock music because Sabatta knows what he’s doing. His songs range from classic to modern rock and everything in between. However, these tracks also carry many unpredictable, unexpected, impressive, experimental moments where his creativity truly shines. It’s unquestionably an album worth repeating over and over again. It’s available on all
streaming platforms, so check it out as soon as possible.