Review of their debut album ‘Blues Pills’.
Do you ever just get completely submerged in something and before you know it, you’ve missed an entire day?? Well, that’s what happened when I pressed play on the debut album by American/Swedish/French group Blues Pills. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been excited about hearing this album for a long time now and I was not disappointed. In fact, I don’t even know where to start….Well, at the beginning I suppose.
Track one, ‘High Class Woman’. I got to hear this a while back due to the video release and I have been hooked ever since. It’s so refreshing, not just to hear a female vocalist but a good female vocalist that sounds like no-one else around….on the planet for that matter! This ticks all the boxes for me, Heart and Soul and that’s what music is about right? It sucks you in and doesn’t let go.
‘Black Smoke’ is a perfect example, it has a real laid back intro which totally engulfs you before picking up the pace with a driving fuzz laden riff that you cannot help but groove out to.
Elin Larssons vocals are a perfect match for the music that these guys produce. Completely organic, non pretentious rock and roll that sounds worlds apart from everything else that would be classed under the same genre. These guys could have quite easily been around in the Skynyrd days and I dare say, could have given them a run for their money.
Every song is an instant classic – ‘River’ again, has another stunning vocal performance with equally stunning guitar work.’Devil Man’ gets you moving with more fuzz drenched riffery before ‘Astralplane’ mellows things out again with a wonderful display of blues which even includes some Hammond organ. I’ve said it before but this album oozes soul and ‘Little Sun’ is the perfect way to end this energy fueled ride, heavy on the Zepplin, heavy on the heart.
Check-out the great song and video (High Class Women).
I cannot imagine anyone having a bad word to say about this band/album. Blues Pills have arrived and I for one could not be happier.
The Purple Piper