Tesla - 'Simplicity'
Frank Hannon – guitar, keyboards, piano, organ, backing vocals
Brian Wheat – bass, piano, backing vocals
Jeff Keith – lead vocals
Troy Luccketta – drums, percussion
Dave Rude – guitar, backing vocals
1.) "MP3" - This intro opens with the sound of a needle on a vinyl L.P. The musical intro consisted of Frank and Dave playing two separate rhythm guitar arrangements. Underneath the two rhythm guitar arrangements and bass line Troy plays a drum pattern that consisted of a bass drum kick along with a snare drum and tom-tom pattern. For the last two measures of the intro Frank and Dave double-tracked a minor twin lead guitar solo. Underneath the solo Brian played the same bass notes as Frank and Dave were playing. As the solo progressed Frank and Dave speeded it up giving it a more intense feel. For the musical verse not only is there a rhythm guitar change, they also went down to just one rhythm guitar riff. This single rhythm riff was just out of the right speaker. A huge guitar pic slide kicked the rest of the band in for the musical verse. The musical verse consisted of both Frank and Dave playing the same rhythm guitar arrangement. Jeff sings a small vocal accent over the top of the guitar arrangement leading into the first lyric line. There was a small musical rest connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. Underneath the musical rest Troy played a snare drum and hi-hat pattern. The chorus had a Tesla hook attached to it. There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. Though after the second chorus both rank and Dave are playing the same rhythm guitar arrangements one of them is using a talk box effect. The major lead guitar solo section was more or less a minor solo. This was due in part to the other solos that are scattered throughout the song.
2.) "Ricochet" - This intro opens with a snare drum fill. The musical intro consisted of two different clean electric rhythm guitar arrangements. Over the top of the intro there was a minor lead guitar solo. There was a very short musical rest connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. There was a rhythm change for the musical verse. This opening rhythm change was coming out of the right speaker only. There was a vocal accent connecting the opening riff with not only the full band kick-in however also the opening of the first verse. The short pre-chorus consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements. The chorus had a modern Tesla hook attached to it. There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. After the second chorus there was a second minor lead guitar solo. After the second minor solo there was a breakdown section. The breakdown section consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements. Underneath the final chorus of the coda there was a minor lead guitar solo.
3.) "Rise And Fall" - Brian's bass line and Troy's snare crack made this short intro section. The band used the same rhythm section for the intro as the one for the musical verse. It is obvious once you hear this backbeat why the band used the same one for the intro as the musical verse! Frank and Dave kick-in the rhythm guitar arrangement underneath the third lyric line. The musical verse consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements. Jeff added a vocal accent to the last lyric of each lyric line of the pre-chorus. For the musical chorus one of the guitarists switched his guitar rhythm. Underneath Jeff's vocals of the second verse one of the guitarists breaks away from the guitar rhythm and plays several lead licks. After the second chorus there was a very laid back twin lead guitar solo.
4.) "So Divine.." - Musically and lyrically this expresses why Tesla's been around as long as they have.
5.) "Cross My Heart" - This was a very simple laid back song.
6.) "Honestly" - Another perfect ballad by Tesla!
7.) "Flip Slide!" - t track opens with a pick slide. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro arrangement. The musical verse consisted of an acoustic guitar arrangement. To fill in the gaps of the acoustic guitar there were finger snaps. There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus.
8.) "Other Than Me" - Another perfect ballad!!!
9.) "Break Of Dawn" - This intro opens with a rhythm guitar riff over the top of a bass drum and tom-tom fill. The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. For the musical chorus Frank and Dave switch rhythms and begin playing the same rhythm guitar arrangement. After the second chorus there was a rhythm guitar change. This rhythm guitar change lead to the lead guitar solo. This was a simple yet an amazing sounding song!!!!!
10.) "Burnout To Fade" - This was a huge ballad. That once again showed the guys writing talent!!!!
11.) "Life Is A River" - This may be one of the best ballads the band has written in a very long time!
12.) "Sympathy" -This track opened with a bass line and hi-hat pattern. The band kept the same rhythm section for the musical verse as the one for the intro. The band did not kick the song in until the musical chorus. Though it really isn't a song you expect from Tesla it is still an amazing song!
13.) "Time Bomb" -There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro arrangement. The choruses had a huge hook attached to them. The song is simple with a very heavy sound to it.
14.) "'Till That Day" - A very cool balad!!
15.) "Burnout To Fade" (bonus track-writing demo) - This demo is actually better than the one the band used for the CD.
16.) "Honestly"(bonus track-writing demo) - This track is the same as track fifteen.
It has been twenty-six years since Tesla release 'Mechanical Resonance'. With Tesla there is one thing you can always count on and that is consistence!
'Simplicity' is the eleventh studio release from the band and the sixth with guitarist Dave Rude. As a long time fan and someone who played most of Tesla's songs off their first two releases. I have to say after 'Into The Now' when guitarist Tommy Skeoch left I honestly thought this was it for the band. However, I was wrong. 'Simplicity' is Dave Rude's 'Mechanical Resonance'. I never thought I would say this However this release has the best twin guitar solo work on it that Tesla has ever done!!! When it is all said and done 'Simplicity' is the greatest CD Tesla has ever recorded!!!!