It Ain't Rocket Science - Pep Torres 
Rhythm Bomb RBR 5637

"It Ain't Rocket Science" is the 3rd album released by Pep Torres and his band, and it's a winner. This Latino-rocker from Hollywood, CA, plays his own blend of 50's style rock & roll, rockabilly, doo-wop, and rhythm and blues. Singing in both English and Spanish it gives the total package an extra dimension, even if you (like me) don't understand any Spanish at all.

Pep Torres was born and raised in St. Barbara, California, and started singing when he was 15 years old. Soon after that he formed his own band and by now Pep has released three albums: "Rockabilidad" (2000), "You and I" (2002), and the one I'm listening to now, "It Ain't Rocket Science". Torres has allways been true to the roots-music genre and this album is no exception to that. Let me tell you right away, this is a five star CD, perfectly in balance and very, very authentic. Most of the songs have been written by Pep himself and it's not hard to imagine this CD will bring life into your party and the dancers on the dancefloor when you give it a spin. Which would be the next best thing to going to a live gig of Pep Torres and his band.

Track #1 is "Live It Up", a catchy uptempo rocker, guarantueed to stick in your ears, and it would if there wasn't track #2, the title track. "It Ain't Rocket Science" is a pounding bopper containing great lyrics and sharp guitars. Next song is a doowop-like song in Spanish. Alas I don't speak or understand any latin languages, but I bet it's not too far off base to the usual things rock and roll is all about: booze, women, booze, cars and booze. Coming up is a marvellous cover version of Jackie Lee Cochran's "They Oughta Call You Miss Heartbreak". Of course I could go over every single song on this CD, but it makes more sense if you go to Pep's website and listen to a few samples there.

This CD is worth every single one of the five stars: a well balanced album, authenticity straight from the golden era smack dab in the middle of your livingroom, a whirlwind of superb songs taking on a trip back in time. Hard to believe this album has been recorded in this millenium and not back in the fifties! It's not that hard to imagine this album could inspire lots of young kids and young bands to start with their own roots-music band and have this album as their callibration point.

Live It Up - It Ain't Rocket Science - De-De-Delirio - They Oughta Call You Miss Heartbreak - Lombard Coffee Shop - Mi Chica Dinamita - Dang Me - The First Million Tears - Baby Baby I Can't Believe - Bailando Con Meggie Jo - Since I Fell in Love With You - I'm Goin' To L.A. - Poder Del Rock - K.M.A. - Rocketship Mama - Te Recordare - The Movin' Forward Stroll.

Pep Torres - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Joel Morin - Guitar, Steel, Backing Vocals
Alex Hernandez - Baritone Saxophone
Eric Heinly - Drums, Backing Vocals
Neil Kemp - Upright Bass, Backing Vocals

Contact information:
Phone +1 (323) 854-5288

Rhythm Bomb Records
P.O. Box 130152
27466 Cuxhaven

Reviewed by Uncle_B, 2006