NEW YEAR, OLD LOUD: The first hot tip for 2002 is a hard-rock delight that will
make your head spin in reverse - to the late-Eighties dawn of Seattle and the
Presence-era bloom of Led Zeppelin. Sounding like rap metal and bubble punk
never happened, The Year Is One (DVL Recordings, CD) by the L.A. power trio
Comes With The Fall is a record of vintage kicks: fat melodic riffing and
heroically sung vocals. It's no accident that ex-Alice in Chains guitarist
Jerry Cantrell has used CWTF as his backing band on tour. On their own,
singer-guitarist-songwriter William DuVall, bassist Adam Stanger and drummer
Bevan Davies actually sound like Alice unchained, firing up the thumping
classicism of "Murder Scene" and "So Cruel" with wholly modern pop heart.
"We're gonna hijack time/We're gonna raise the dead," DuVall promises in "So
Divine," howling like an improbable mix of Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple's Ian
Gillan. Perfectly titled for an era of rebuilding, this is a great rock record
for and about starting over."