Review by Matty K

April 19, 2021

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Born out of the fertile Nashville music scene, we have yet another act you need to check out. The Great Affairs are a straight-ahead rock act that have returned with their latest LP, Everybody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt, and it’s one of those albums that will reassure you that rock is not dead. What is made clear throughout the album is that although it’s a rock record, “rock” can mean a lot of things and The Great Affairs clearly have a wide spectrum of influences across the genre. From pop rock to southern rock to post-grunge there really is a lot to enjoy on this one. Let’s walk through some of album...

Everybody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt opens with the group’s latest single, “I’m Alright.” Like me, you may get a retro rock vibe from this one. The guys do reference Cheap Trick as an influence, and although I definitely think you’ll hear some of that, it also has that post-grunge flavor I mentioned earlier... Soul Asylum came to mind. Really catchy hooks and guitar licks, make this a great choice for a single. A video accompanies this track, and you can check that out below.

For me, another stand-out track is “Believe in Ghosts.” This a very radio-friendly track with a touch of southern charm. For comparison’s sake, think later Bon Jovi ... you are going to hear that level of production ... very impressive.

High on Rose” is another good one. Think The Black Crowes meets The Rolling Stones. Bluesy but upbeat, this track features a soulful vocal performance including some great harmonies. Stellar guitar tones and a classic rock organ sound that certainly delivers that throwback feel. This might be my favorite track on the entire album.

In the Wreckage” brings the tempo down somewhat with some truly fantastic singer\song writing chops. Lyrically heart wrenching, this is a track that has the group’s guitar virtuosity on full display. Acoustic work, slide work, it’s all very impressive throughout.


Worn out Souls” is another one that hit me right between the eyes. This one feels like a Bob Seger or Bad Company classic. More incredible vocals and accompanying piano work which just seem to be business as usual for The Great Affairs, and they just keep on delivering on each track.

The closing track “The Ride” is probably the heaviest track on the album and also one of my favorites. The rhythm section is heavily featured on this one. Killer drum fills, with creative kit sounds, work perfectly with the bass tone they have dialed in here. Psychedelic effects accent the entire track adding to the almost ominous vibe throughout. I really love this one and I think you will too.

If you’re not already familiar with The Great Affairs, let this serve as your introduction to a rock band that really knows how to do it. The songwriting is phenomenal, and the performances are topnotch.

The Great Affairs are: Denny Smith (vocals, guitars, harmonica), Corey “Rizzo” Rozzoni (lead guitar, vocals), Matt Andersen (bass, vocals), and Kenny Wright (vocals, drums, percussion).

Everybody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt is currently available on pretty much all of the major streaming services, so be sure to check it out along with the rest of the band’s catalog.

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Matty K is an avid rock & roll fan. The sounds, the imagery, the folklore...there’s a passion for it all. Lifelong Jersey local and a self-proclaimed “basement musician,” he finds himself spending a lot of time explaining why he’s not a music snob. “Hmm...maybe I am.”


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