There's a bit of stylistic time travel happening on Rock and Roll, Space in Time's newest release. The keyboards and guitar, for instance, play off one another in a clear nod to the likes of Captain Beyond and Uriah Heep. But instead of merely mining the usual classic-hard-rock territory, these guys write simple melodies delivered with power and nuance. "Passage of Time" is an especially strong track, with its instrumentation woven together as though part of a narrative instead of just a song. Mike Atencio's sophisticated lyrics imbue everything with a poetic sensibility that's informed by his having learned hard life lessons without becoming hardened in the process. Unscarred by the tropes typical of this subgenre, Space in Time has delivered an album whose title is accurate rather than an attempt to be clever.
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