If you didn't know for a fact that Let It All Come Down was a 2003 recording, it would be easy to assume that this disc was recorded in the late '70s or early to mid-'80s. Think of the more middle-of-the-road pop ock from the Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan years; think of Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, Chicago, and Rick Springfield -- people who were relevant to both pop ock and adult contemporary back then. Clearly, Burke Roney tends to favor artists who emerged in the '70s and '80s; there's no getting around the fact that his material sounds dated by 2003 standards -- and that doesn't automatically mean that Let It All Come Down is without merit. Some artists hate being told that they sound dated, especially if they're 35 or older and like to think that they've changed with the times. But truth be told, dated isn't necessarily a terrible thing -- if you think highly of a particular era, dated can actually be a plus. So Roney shouldn't be condemned for liking a lot of '70s and '80s artists; rather, he should be evaluated based on how effectively he draws on the music of those decades. And while Let It All Come Down isn't mind-blowing or fantastic, the album does have its moments. Let It All Come Down isn't as consistent as it could have been; some of Roney's songs are more memorable than others. But if Roney's work is mildly uneven, this CD still has more pluses than minuses. All things considered, Let It All Come Down is a pleasant effort that will appeal to those who like their pop ock laced with a lot of adult contemporary.