Straight Wired Color My World Kivel Records
Produced By: Not Listed

Running Time: 51.39

Release Date: Out Now

Released: US

Musical Style: Bluesy Melodic Rock

Links: Kivel Records
Songs: 70%
Sound: 75%
Straight Wired is a band resurrected from the annals of rock history and is back together after recording this album before disbanding in the 90's.
I have been trying to write this review for two or three weeks now. It should be that hard, but for some reason, I just haven't warmed to this release. It's an ok album, no doubt, but when I really try and put a finger on a problem, the main issue I find is the diversity within the album and the fact it just doesn't seem to gel. I felt that at times listening to this album was more like listening to a various artists compilation.
Straight Wired was one of only 4 unknowns picked to play at Woodstock 94, which shows the guys have talent and attitude. The band features Scott Novello - Bass player for Adriangale and Bill Pauly Drummer for Tour De Force.
This album is a little different in style to those two bands, with a funk/blues edge that puts them closer to Richie Kotzen and Stevie Salas.
The opening track Wasting Away is a loose, punky rocker that reminds me of an early Robby sung Goo Goo Dolls track.
Gently is an acoustic driven track with a funky vibe, resembling Tesla, especially in the vocal department.
High on You is a slow bluesy rocker with another big Tesla vocal, but lacks a killer hook.
Walk Alone is a pleasant acoustic pop/rocker with a good strong chorus and hook combination.
Elesewhere Those Days is a funky Richie Kotzen styled track, Johnny is a totally unplugged track in the vein of Extreme, while Do I Do resides in Steve Salas funk city and doesn't feature many vocals or a definite structure.
Airplane is a sweet and breezy acoustic pop ballad that doesn't sound like the same band at all.
Caratjam is back to the Telsa goes funk of the early half of the album.
Turn You On is another left field track with little in common with the greater album. I'm really not a fan of these vocals whoever the singer is. A very bluesy Richie Kotzen styled pop track.
The Bottom Line
Straight Wired is not your typical melodic rock act and shouldn't be treated as such. Those with a taste for something a little left of center and an ear for the bluesy funk tones of Richie Kotzen, Extreme and Stevie Salas and the vocals of Tesla should check this out. Those that prefer their melodic rock straight down the line might find this a little too diverse to appreciate. Overall it is a decent album, but does suffer from a clearly defined style and the many song variations.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Color My World

Line Up
Larry Cooley: Vocals, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitar
Matt Kiamie: Lead Guitar
Bill Pauly: Drums
Scott Novello: Bass

Essential for fans of:
Richie Kotzen
Stevie Salas
Track Listing
Wasting Away
High on You
Walk Alone*
Color My World
I'm Away
Those Days
Do I Do
Turn You On
--*Best Tracks

16/11/06: Lillithgrl -
Rating: 60
I hear incredible potential here, if they pulled themselves outta 1987. Vocals, eh. But the rest--they have a definite Red Hot Chili Peppers vibe going. With a little different vocal vibe, a little fast-forward into the year 2007ish, they have the ability to make a great record.

24/11/04: Jon Fletcher -
Rating: 85
I give this cd a higher rating than Andrew does. Why? Well, the vocals are great, the melodies are great, the guitar work smokes, the drums are tight and loose at the same time, and the bass playing is excellant! As a fan of AdrianGale I was eager to hear Scott Novello play on this disc. With AG the guy is straight forward rocker. With STWD he is able to flex his bass playing skills and show how good he really is. And, the vocals, nice mix between Jeff Keith (TESLA), Ritchie Kotzen, and Gary Cherone (EXTREME; EXIT ELVIS). Bill Pauly does a great job keeping the band grooving with his drum beats. I saw these guys with Ted Poley in Keene, NH. Just let me say that, if you can't handle the disc, SEE THEM LIVE!!!!!

17/11/04: Devon -
Rating: 88
Great album, especially CaratJam & I'm Away!

05/11/04: ColoMEbadd (lol) - punonthe
Rating: 9
Well i don't agree with Andrews review. I respect it though. He said it straight, cd isnt for everyone. I can see that,
However I Myself DO enjoy this cd! :-) Definately worth checking out. To me this is a FRESH sounding album and isnt as contrived as what alot of the labels are putting out. Andrew give it another try!!! :-)

04/11/04: Robert Jason -
Rating: 90
This band is awesome Andrew what is up with the 75% rating, I love the vocals and songs if you like Richie Kotzen don`t hesitate to get this.

02/11/04: CARL -
Rating: 100
I have already been pretty vocal about my opinions on this disc so Ill be brief here. Bottom line..this CD rocks! If you like the funk and diversity of Extreme. Vocals that are very reminiscent of Tesla's Jeff Keith and the backing harmonies of Def Leppard I suggest you GO NOW to and order! In a world where melodic rock is scarce its refreshing to know that there are still bands like Straight Wired putting out music that can be enjoyed over and over again. Not a bad or even mediocre song here in my opinion.

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