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by The Blood Rush Hour

"Shrink" is the debut album by the trans-Atlantic band ;The Blood Rush Hour.' It is an product with absolutely no filler; where every track is musical, well-written, and thought-provoking. 'Perfect amalgam of XTC, Crowded House, Jellyfish, McCartney.'
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Way Back Home
3:41 $0.99
2. Into the Fire
5:09 $0.99
3. Came to Believe
4:28 $0.99
4. Delme
4:02 $0.99
5. The Nancy Song
2:00 $0.99
6. The Trauma Factory
3:58 $0.99
7. Portrait of Jane
4:25 $0.99
8. My Life With the Omni One
3:20 $0.99
9. Something Seems Wrong in the Gardern
4:05 $0.99
10. Upon Losing a Kindred
2:41 $0.99
11. Gone (Where Nobody Can Find Me)
3:28 $0.99
12. Tale of Sir Lancelot
4:14 $0.99
13. Each Time I Look At You (Tad I'a Ferched)
4:07 $0.99
14. Show Me Your Self
4:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Shrink" is difficult to characterise in many ways. Each song varies in style and presentation, yet there is a 'same-ness' that runs throughout, almost like a Beatles album. The name refers to the fact that the songwriter is a qualified, practising Psychotherapist. The songs often reflect this fact. Written and recorded in the song-filled land of Wales where meoldy is sacred and meaningful lyrics are expected, "Shrink" is part rock, part pop, part this and part that. REM meets 10CC or David Byrne meets Randy Newman, or Brian Wilson meets Ray Davies, or Cole Porter meets Elvis Costello. You decide....



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Thomas Edison Jr

My favorite album of 2012
That's right, a five-star review. I was going to subtract a star for the less-than-fetching (albeit amusing) cover art, but why pick nits? Blood Rush Hour is an album's worth of highly intelligent, tuneful, hook-laden music of a sort that rarely gets made in this benighted age. Lyrically, it may err on the side of the circumlocutory (look it up!), but Mr. DeStefano's melodic gifts redress the balance with style to burn. Terrific production, too. Think 10cc, mid-period Beach Boys...hell, just buy the damn thing. Highly recommended.


Shrink - CD of the year!!
love, love, love this CD. A creation like Robert Destefano's SHRINK rarely comes along in a lifetime. If you only were to have one CD this year... this is the one. It truly is that brilliant. In todays musical circus market SHRINK is a songwriters masterpiece. A breath of fresh air for the musical artist and those looking for depth in the "art" of music. Taking you through song after song of brain engraining melodies, unexpected twists/turns that blend seamlessly together with touches of brilliance reminiscent of Queen, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Elvis Costello and TV/Film Pop, SHRINK and the musical creations of The Blood Rush Hour are a must to add to your collection. BUY THIS CD!! LOVE IT!!!

Gary Fisher

Beyond PowerPop
It may have been due to the fact that I had no real expectations when I purchased 'Shrink. but as I listened to this spectacular album, my jaw dropped closer and closer to my chest. There are no bad tracks on this album, although there are some that I love more than others. The music is diverse in presentation, yet there remains a 'sameness' about it throughout. It is melodically inventive, with great attention paid to detail. Song structures are filled with surprises and the backing vocals are glorious. 'Shrink' goes far beyond the usual boundaries of PowerPop both musically and lyrically, yet still manages to sit within that genre. It is rare that I find music of such scope coupled with lyrics that are so full of impact, wit, and dare I say poetry. An absolutely marvelous piece of work. I cannot ever recall hearing a better first album.


blood rush hour debut
The several disclaimers come first. Robert DeStanfano, Jack DeStefano and I are friends going way back to Grade School. Second this will be a positive review because it is damn good and if I thought it wasn't I would have found a reason, any reason not to write a review. Now for the review, remember the music of 1966. The Beatles with Rubber Soul, the Beach Boys with Pet Sounds, and of course the Kinks with Face to Face. This doesn't sound like those records but reminds me of them as I listen to this. For fans of the Shades it reminds one of them (Well, 2 members are here) but with a slightly more adult bent and more diverse musically. Yes it is Rock and Roll but with out heavy distortion and 20 minute guitar solos. Again think 1966. It is also very diverse and there will be some songs you prefer over others because everything doesn't sound exactly alike to fit a program yet it always sounds like The Blood Rush Hour (BRH) which is something I welcome whole heartedly. This is a very modern record with a tip of the hat to it's influences. The first 4 songs are a tour de force, The Nancy Song personally I would have left off being something that's a lot of fun live that doesn't hold up to repeated listenings. The Trama Factory is a Island favored romp through the expendature of human beings through the factory system, I believe. Then it's on to a touch or touched of Pyschodellia with the next several songs with 12 sting Byrdy flourishes and Beach Boy harmonies but still as I said before sounding like BRH. Each time I Look at you is the closest thing to a sentimental love song (to maybe a child?) but with a dark twist and Syd Barrett sound effects. Closing nicely with Show Me Your Self which closes the record much like I'll Remember closed the Kink's Face to Face on a happy rock and roll note. It record bears repeated listenings and with several hooks per song has a danger of getting inside your head. The best thing I can truly say is I enjoy listening to it over and over and that folks is the litmus test isn't it. Terry Hughes August 6, 2012