If any cd could be called catchy with substance then it’s Moon Turn Red the fourth release from Canada’s MonkeyJunk.
It is impossible not to love the hooks and musicianship on this album.
From the killer tone of Tony D’s slide work on the opener Light It Up, with Steve Marriner ripping a throaty lead vocal and harp behind Matt Sobb’s shuffle one thing is clear.
This band has come to lay it down.
After the push and pull accents of You and the Blues Traveller/Black Keys vibe of Show Me Yours, your ready to hear Hot Hot Papa.
David Wilcox lends his own genius to his classic re-make and if your not dancing on your patio with this, you should take a nap!!!
MJ take their songwriting to a whole other level on the Free/Paul Rodgers vibe of Live Another Day and the gorgeous Luther Allison influenced R & B/ Soul of Meet Me At Midnight.
Showing your influences while creating a unique original sound is a gift.
Mixing that with the chops of this trio just ups that ante.
Moon Turn Red is the band’s most cohesive work to date.
JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist/songwriter-musician, Sun Media contributor and podcast radio host.
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