Genre: Indie, College, Alternative Rock, Funk, R&B.

Sounds like: Greg Khin, Tommy Tutone, Robert Palmer

The Good Solid, Fun vibe  

The Bad Winded Songs

The Ugly None

The Band 5 out of 5

The Music 5 out of 5

The Songs 5 out of 5

The Vibe 5 out of 5

The Production 4 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5





The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from Tampa Bay's own Rick Reynolds (Sounding Rick) entitled Dinosaur Bones released in 2010. Reynolds is an accomplished musician/singer/songwriter with 7 albums to his credit he is no stranger to the Industry.


The band Reynolds plays guitar & sings. Reynolds' band is rock solid across the board. I would say they possess above average to advanced playing & writing abilities. Timing is spot on within the indie-alternative rock, R&B grooves. Reynolds vocal presence & guitar playing are amazing, as he delivers many solid vocal & guitar playing performances that match this style of music perfectly. I would say Reynolds definitely has star quality as he is clearly the focal point of this band. The music Upbeat, funny, interesting, thought provoking, zany, neurotic, & at times funky. All in all great original music with a feel good vibe. Musical textures reminiscent of classic Greg Khin, Maroon 5, Robert Palmer & Even Tommy Tutone – anything guitar driven & entertaining. If you like these kinds of artists you will get a kick out of Sounding Rick. The songs Above average songs - even flirting with brilliant. Very simple yet effective, conservative, highly original, raw & powerful. It strikes the prefect balance between alternative rock, R&B & just a dash of funk. This guy probably could probably cover "Play that Funky Music" perfectly. Reynolds is clearly being himself as a songwriter & this is what comes out of the other end. My favorite songs on the CD are the title track & 5 Body Blade. The vibe Great vibe. Perfect for late night college parties, coffeehouses, or even magazine shops. The production delivers a lot of musical variety with the 6 piece line-up. Honorable mentions go out to Reynolds himself for not being afraid to let it all hang out musically. Reynolds is not trying to be some popish artist striving for mass appeal – he’s just being himself. Other positive aspects of the production include rock solid mix & crystal clear recording quality that really hit home. The CD refuses to try to hard – that’s what makes it so amazing The good Like the artist - very likeable, marketable, infectious. Amazing songs. The bad Jam Band format makes a few songs feel a bit winded. I would recommend Reynolds trim off about 10% of time off the production. This would make it shorter & Sweeter. The ugly Nothing to report.


The verdict Dinosaur Bones by Rick Reynolds is a rock solid CD. The songwriting is clearly above average. The production gets it’s point across. Again  the most amazing thing about this CD is Reynolds persona & performances. He’s got the mojo & is an amazing composer. It's obvious to me why Rick Reynolds is so popular in the Bay area.  Fans of a carefree Alternative-College Rock, R&B & funk will love Sounding Rick.   

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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