BLUES PILLS – LADY IN GOLD
Release Date: Aug 05, 2016
℗ 2016 Nuclear Blast
- Lady in Gold
- Little Boy Preacher
- Burned Out
- I Felt a Change
- Gone so Long
- Bad Talkers
- You Gotta Try
- Won’t Go Back
- Elements and Things
Whoa! What a sensational kaleidoscopic blissful blending of soul, blues and good old rock and roll make up the latest work from Blues Pills. Now, I know a great many Australian fell immediately in love with the band following their visit to Melbourne for Cherry Rock at our beloved Cherry Bar and I think it is safe to say that those same avid admirers will be blown away by Lady In Gold. Hopefully not to the point of the Lady in Gold herself coming to collect you.
This album hallmarks a tremendous refinement of the bands already signature sound and hails a beautiful blending of styles to create quite a diverse experience.
The title track opens in classic Blues Pills style but is afforded more than a sprinkling of production mastery providing a truly tremendous and catchy sound indeed. Hooks a plenty will captivate your imagination, but Dorian Sorriaux and his tremendously skilful guitar contribution keeps the obvious 60‘s influence firmly embedded in this century. I love this track as an introduction because the wonderful vocal capability of Elin Larsson is somewhat harnessed and you just know from the outset that she is going to vocally belt the pants off of tracks later in the album. The anticipation is quite something.
The psychedelic groove of Little Boy Preacher has to be heard to be believed. No words I can fashion here will accurately describe the soulful experience that awaits you, and to make any attempt would be merely guiding an already lovely lily and akin to fitting wings to an apple, namely difficult and completely unnecessary.
Co visionary of the bands beginnings Zach Anderson provides rhythmic magic throughout this entire collection and I’m quite certain he must be supremely proud of what Blues Pills have nurtured into their contemporary magnificence, despite the absence of former member and fellow visionary Cory Berry. His replacement in André Kvarnström was obviously very carefully selected and of the same creative ilk and the original members. Particularly in Burned Out, his contributions can be genuinely ‘felt’ as an integral and soulful component of the collective sound. Precise percussive prowess as splendid as I have ever heard before.
I Felt A Change? So did we with this track. Just out of the blue and beautifully nestled in the collection to highlight Elin’s wonderful vocal finery and enhance the qualities of diversity contained within this work.
Gone So Long is an amazing track because the beat of the introduction leaves you wondering where the track will go musically, but reinforces the simple fact that this band are capable of taking the listener into any style in masterful style.
Bad Talkers rips us straight back to a mix of motown blended with a 70’s disco influence, before ripping you back to a distinctly rock vide. Powerful, powerful stuff and you realise the vocals have really crept up on you. There she goes, soaring aloft with wonderful backing contributions. This tracks alters style so many times, but is brilliantly homogenised into a thoroughly thrilling track that, resist as you may, has you firmly in its grasp.
You Gotta Try, Won’t Go Back and Rejection are magical in their sequencing, again highlighting the tremendous genre reach of this sensational outfit, and by the time Elements And Things arrives at the finale, you are certain you have to go back and experience this remarkable work all over again.
The album is thorough genius as a measure of how brilliant this group really are and the firm command they have over their creative direction. With every single enjoyment of this work you will hear all new elements of appeal. I have listened many, many times and am pleasantly surprised with every spin that there is another element previously missed to enhance the experience and enjoyment.
So well done Blues Pills. Superb.