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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tas Cru - You Keep The Money - New release Review

I just received the newest release from Tas Cru and it builds nicely on the foundation of his last release. Opening with You Keep The Money, a Latin flavored rocker with a blues twist, Cru on vocal and guitar is accompanied by Dick Earl Ericksen on harp, Ron Keck on percussion, Dave Olson on drums and Bob Purdy on bass. Next up is A Month of Somedays, a nicely executed blues ballad. Cru shows his patience on a nicely executed guitar intro and Guy Nirelli warms the bottom with smooth organ work. A really nicely executed guitar solo caps the track. Very nice! Half The Time is a country rock fused blues track (think Jimmy Rogers). Snappy guitar riffs and cool backing vocals by Mary Ann Casale and Alice "Honeybea" Ericksen give this track that extra kick. La Belle Poutine is a really nicely executed blues ballad a la Gary Moore. Clean and nicely articulated guitar lead by Cru and nice electric piano work from Chip Lamson and again Nirelli on organ makes this my favorite on the release. Excellent! Funky, Heart Trouble had a nice feel and snappy drum work from Olson. Again, clever guitar riffs, piano lines and backing vocals from Casale and Ericksen balance the track. A Little More Time has a pop feel with easy jazz like guitar riffs and backing vocals. Could be a radio wonder. One Bad Habit is a easy stepping shuffle with nice harmonies. A feel good track it is surely a crowd pleaser. Take Me Back To Tulsa is driving track with great bass riffs. Cru leads the way on this one vocally with nice backing and lamson does a really nice job on piano. Ericksen blows a nice harp solo on this track and Cru sticks a country infused guitar solo giving it a real Tulsa flair. Cool track! Count On Me is a real swingin blues shuffle with a solid bass line. Nicely blended vocals and strong construction make this another track that could get good airplay. Holding On To You is a simple ballad with warm backing vocals and nicely blended harp overtones and a warm bed of organ. Bringing Out The Beast has a nice swagger and kind of reminds me of an old Little Feat track. Simple clean guitar riffs and harp work over a gritty vocal track and suspended organ work gives this track it's bite. Wrapping the release is Thinking How To Tell Me Goodbye, a country 2 stepper. With authentic country styling, harp and acoustic riffs, this track gets er done.

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