Archive for October, 2014

28
Oct
14

RORY BLOCK-HARD LUCK CHILD-“FEELING GOOD ALL OVER”CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

r block 1

Rory Block’s Hard Luck Child is an album that you makes you feel good, despite the sometimes tragic lyrical content.

Although this is Block’s fifth in her blues mentor series, for some reason her take on the Skip James material offers hope.

James’s lyrics have always been open to interpretation and everyone who has jammed any of his songs have always included their own take on them.

Block has a innate feel to what she sings.

You almost feel a kind of comfort even in the lonesome Cypress Grove Blues “I would rather be buried 6 feet in my grave, than be treated this way”

Heck, Hard Time Killing Floor Blues could be about the hard times of 2014 “If you say you got money, you better be sure, cuz these hard times will drive you from door to door”

Block’s take on I’m So Glad is one of the best versions I have heard period.

Again there is joy in these blues.

This is exactly what great blues brings.

People somehow have forgot this essential fact.

Another standout is the very special guitar and soulful take on Special Rider Blues.

In fact, the overdubs sound almost “blues orchestral” if there is such a thing.

Captivating, soulful, intimate and in the end this is music that opens up your world.

Special indeed!

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist and Sun Media contributor. JOHN also fronts his own blues rock band THE SHAFTMEN

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

check out John’s roots/blues/rock radio show here

http://emms.podbean.com/

 

Advertisements
28
Oct
14

SIXX: A.M.-MODERN VINTAGE-“HIGHLY MELODIC INTOXICATION” CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

sixx am modern vintage

Wake up everyone!

Modern Vintage is one hell of a highly melodic chunk of great rock n’ roll.

If lead vocalist James Michael is not singing his ass off then who is?

Besides the passion of Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters I can’t think of another.

Michael hits diverse moods on tracks like Let’s Go, Give Me A Love and Relief.

The band literally explodes these tracks. Nikki Sixx and the combustible guitar work of DJ Ashba is very focused

It should be said that drummer Jeff Fabb who joined the band in the studio brings a whole new set of dynamics to these tracks.

That’s a good thing folks!

There is a vintage Cheap Trick vibe to Gotta Get it Right and a solid cover of The Cars classic Drive.

But who the heck is going to beat Benjamin Orr’s lead vocal from 1984?

No one of course.

There is a power pop dance feel to Miracle and the opening track Stars packs a wallop because I can’t say I enjoy the Stars “cinematic” Meat Loaf-esque version as an added track.

SIXX: A.M.’S instincts are right. These are very good rock/pop tracks.

Sixx; A.M. can’t forget they are a rock band, and if the live shows are as dynamic and even more powerful in that context then the band will gain even more momentum.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, and Sun Media music contributor.

JOHN is also the singer-songwriter/vocalist with Canadian Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/paycheque-blues/id365389443

Check out John’s cool roots/rock radio show here

http://emms.podbean.com/

 

27
Oct
14

JACK DE KEYZER-VOODOO BOOGIE-“BLUES POTION/ VOODOO GROOVE”-CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

jdk

Jack De Keyzer’s potent potion of blues/soul and rock n’ roll is like your favourite leather jacket.

It feels great, fits perfect and is vintage cool.

In concert De Keyzer and his killer band have only 2 modes.

Good and Scary Good

On Voodoo Boogie the companion cd to his 2009 Juno winning (American Grammy) album he hits on both modes with ease.

Cover-wise the title track is solid Chicago inspired blues, but De Keyzer’s guitar chops on the cover of Willie Dixon’s You Shook Me and Bob Dylan via Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower offer up astounding feel and technique.

Elsewhere his own Cinderella gets a superb tenor sax solo by Chris Murphy and piano/organ man David McMorrrow trades hot licks with De Keyzer on the dance floor groove of Rock Till We Drop.

Whether you prefer his covers on both cd’s via Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through The Grapevine here, or on The Corktown Sessions with his killer job on Signed Sealed Delivered is all fan based.

The real mojo is that De Keyzer simply killed with his last studio album the excellent Electric Love, while his live show is exciting and all about groove.

De Keyzer’s respect by peers and ever increasing fanbase is genuine and real.

That folks is a win-win!

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist and Sun Media music contributor.

JOHN is also the singer-songwriter/ lead vocalist with Canadian Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

John’s roots/blues radio show draws fans from around the world http://emms.podbean.com/

13
Oct
14

BOB SEGER-RIDE OUT-“OLDER, WISER, AND STILL WITH THE FIRE DOWN BELOW”-CD REVIEW BY JOHN EMMS

seg ride outM_BobSegerB630_PhotobyPeytonHoge_011713

With Ride Out Bob Seger’s latest album, it’s clear his passion and songwriting gift has not left him.

In fact, it’s focused like the growl of a classic Mustang Cobra.

This album is going to surprise people.

Why?

Because the new songs plus the great covers have a solid chance of finding a whole new younger fanbase.

“Let’s talk about chemicals in rivers, let’s talk about cash as king” on the solid It’s Your World is going to find a new audience, while the title track Ride Out bristles with lyrics “where the hills meet the valleys, far from campaigns and rallys’

Both of these tracks could easily make it on to a new Seger tour setlist.

The album starts with a cover of John Hiatt’s Detroit Made with it’s distinctive “”American Rock”” via Nashville groove and the Nashville sound is a major ambience on Seger’s excellent cover of Steve Earle’s The Devil’s Right Hand.

The Nashville players like Glen Worf and Rob McNelley command major respect but it’s clear when Seger’s Silver Bullet Band gets a hold of any song on this album it’s going to be “road worthy dramatic”

Elsewhere, on the acoustic side Seger goes into the heartland with help from Vince Gill on high harmony on the track Listen, while he looks backward on the poignant All Of The Roads and the short You Take Me In where he declares ‘Sometimes I’m frail, sometimes I fall, sometimes my best intentions bring nothing at all”

In fact, You Take Me In could be thought of as a coming of age song from the other side considering Seger is 69 years old.

For his 17th album Seger has created an honest and distinctive album of new songs that deliver.

The album comes out tomorrow Oct 14th.,

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist read in over 100 countries.

John is also the singer songwriter with the CANADIAN roots/blues band THE SHAFTMEN

Check out their heartland rock here

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

JOHN also hosts his own roots radio show

http://emms.podbean.com/

FOLLOW JOHN ON TWITTER

https://twitter.com/emmsreviews

 




October 2014
M T W T F S S
« Sep   Nov »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031