Archive for October 28th, 2014

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Oct
14

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

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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/

 

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28
Oct
14

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

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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/

 




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