Thursday, October 2, 2008

Bright Lights (JJ Soul Band)

Bright Lights, the newest album from JJ Soul Band is a nice combination of easy listening blues and adult contemporary pop-rock. There’s a little something for everyone in this album. With a stellar band and instrumentalists at hand, the boys from Iceland execute nicely.

At The Mall, the album’s opener quickly jumps at you in a bluesy pop-rock fashion; full of tasty guitar licks and perfected Rhodes and hammond work. It’s busy, but not so much that it’s overdone or conflicting. Let Love Find Us spouts trippy guitar work that would please the likes of any Jack White fan. It swells and rises and falls in such an angular way that the listener can’t help but be drawn to it.

After a few more tracks, JJ Soul Band descends from the pop-blues sound to a very John Scofield-esqu piece in, Jazz And Tarantella. Again, the instrumentation brings this song to life, and the vocals knock at your gritty soul side. JJ Soul’s vocals are something between a growling Louie Armstrong and late Peter Gabriel.

All in all, it’s a well-produced and recorded album, so pick up a copy.

RATING: 3.5 of 5 stars


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