Being the classic rock fan that I am, I am often reluctant to open up my ears to newer, modern music. Until recently my CD collection consisted mainly of Queen, Boston, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, etc. But this revelation of Tsar brought me to terms with what could possibly be a new era in music. I’m not sure if that even made sense, but hear me out anyway. …. I was given a band name and a small picture of the lead singer by a friend and I was determined to find out what they were all about. Boy am I glad I did. I was surprised to find that this quartet from Hollywood, California that started off on tour with Duran Duran, was actually worth listening to. My skeptical attitude has been formed over years of listening to countless bands that have never caused me to do anything but yawn and change the radio station. I have never been more happy and hopeful for a band than for Tsar. My synopsis of the album is that it is one filled with energetic, high power tunes, with an inspirational ‘rock on and rock hard’ message. The opening track “Calling All Destroyers” is a call to arms against whatever makes the youth of America so angry and bored. I must say that it is one of my favorites on the album. The second track “I Don’t Wanna Break-Up” is a frustrated, and questioning tune about a guy who wants to work things out in a troubled relationship. Other tracks like “Kathy Fong Is The Bomb” and “The Teen Wizards” are filled with energy and addictively catchy tunes that cause inevitable subconscious foot tapping or at least an amused chuckle. The two more ballady tracks on the album, “Ordinary Gurl” and “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die” have more of a melancholy sound, and “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die” seems almost nostalgic. I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys the happier, less serious side of rock. This music is definitely a picker upper and has totally changed my attitude about new bands. In the future, I will definitely be more open to a new band just coming on the scene. ….