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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

BluesNews Records artist: Pristine -New Release - Detoxing - Review


I just received a copy of the new recording by Pristine called Detoxing. Pristine is a Norwegian band led by vocalist Heidi Solheim. The recording opens with a very cool unusual jazzy blues tune called Damned If I Do. It hints back to the exploration into progressive or psychedelic rock and with heavy blues overtones. It is loaded with plenty of blues lead soloing backed by Hammond and rhythm. I think that it is a very strong track. You Don't Know, a funk infused song follows the intro and again has a terrific guitar interlude that gets my gears moving. Breaking Bad is a up tempo texas style blues and delivers the good with jazz overtones. Interesting touch. Whipping Post, yes the Allman Brothers Whipping Post slips in there. Pristine puts their own twist on it in a more stripped down version. The Countdown, a more straight forward rock style tune gives the band another shade of blue. Damage Is Done is a light funk track which mostly features Solheim's vocals. The Last Day is a subtle blues song that starts off quiet but builds to a full out grabber. Guitar work again is worth the price of admission as Espen Elverum Jakobsen takes his guitar by the neck and shows it who's boss. One of Norways top singer/songwriters and performers, Knut Reiersrud is featured on both this track as well as the last track, The Blind. Detoxing really puts me a lot in mind of the early San Francisco sound and the real psychedelic experimentation. Quite Interesting. The recording closes with The Blind which is a contemporary blues rock song. Vocals and instrumentals remain strong throughout.

If you want something different... check this out. I like it and it won't be in my giveaway bin!
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