Revolution Blue is a fun band. While listening to this disc, there are times when a silly grin is unavoidable. Because of the guitar tone and style of soloing, it's hard not to envision '80s hair-metal bands like Whitesnake or Skid Row. But it's also easy to imagine them live: loud, energetic and passionate.
Most of Join the Revolution is rooted in blues. Musically, it's not the Bo Diddley or Muddy Waters kind of blues but more Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top sort of music, with aggressive electric guitars and a distinctive power-trio sound. Lyrically, however, it's more reminiscent of old school songs about broken hearts and loneliness. In other words, it's the real deal. True blues musicians seldom acknowledge any other form of music, nor do they ever, even for a second, seem to consider playing any other style. The boys in Revolution Blue seem to be cut from that cloth and there is something so charming and charismatic about them. Despite the slick sound quality and the guitar solos that seem a little too planned out, they project a musical honesty and vulnerability. And while Revolution Blue is by no means revolutionary, they certainly are worth listening to and probably just as worth hearing live.