I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

Onstage, the members of this execrably named Nashville outfit come off like college sketch-troupe goofs who just downed some 40s, broke into a Guitar Center and decided to celebrate by holding the loudest, messiest shred-off known to man. But Rich proves there are chops beneath the slop: "Lite Dream" starts as a dank sweat-along anthem before turning into a gloriously riffing Thin Lizzy homage, while "Kids" proves the U.S. can still produce the kind of finger-tapped fist-pumpers it used to export in the Eighties. Rich may not capture the hectic charms of DP's limbs-akimbo live shows, but it does establish the band's place in the muck-rock cosmos.

From The Archives Issue 1190: August 29, 2013