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Friday, July 17, 2015

LL Records artist: Lazer Lloyd - Self-titled - New Release Review

I just received the newest self-titled release from Laser Lloyd and it's quite good. Opening with blues rocker, Burning Thunder, Lloyd shows a definitive sense for contemporary music with a stripped down feel and a rock solid beat. Joined by Moshe Davidson on bass and Elimelech Grundman on drums Lloyd handles vocals and guitar. Suffering still has strong roots in blues but with an almost hip hop vocal delivery the track is a blend of new and old. Opening on harp, Lloyd blends in a little country on Rockin' In The Holy Land giving the track early 60's kind of sound. Fluid guitar riffs and a solid bottom makes this track tick. Bluesy ballad, Never Give Up, has the wholesome sound of "The Band" or Van Morrison. Melodic guitar soloing by Lloyd compliments the track nicely making it a solid radio player. Digging down in the blues mud, Broken Dreams really has a heavy feel. I like the base set by Grundman and Davidson and Lloyds vocal - guitar approach making this one of my favorite tracks on the release. Lloyd's tone and soloing on this track are really quite nice. Title track, Broken Dreams, is a real nice blues ballad along the lines of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Tuesday's Gone. A really contagious melody, crisp drum rhythms, a nice bass line and aggressive guitar work make this another strong choice on the release. Set My Soul Free is a really cool track with an underlying funk and heavy bass riffs along the lines of Mountain. I really like this track for a couple of reasons. 1) it had a great beat & 2) Lloyd really riffs nicely off the beat with aggressive guitar concepts. Very nice! On Otis Redding's The Dock Of The Bay, Lloyd does an acoustic cover which has a soothing feel. Moroccan Woman is a slick blues ballad with a real simple bottom. Davidson runs a hot bass line under the melody and as Lloyd sings the lead, he cuts some really tasty riffs on lead guitar (think Thrill Is Gone). Very nice! Time To Love is as straightforward a blues track a la T-Bone Walker that you are likely to hear. A slow track with plenty of room to breathe, Lloyd sings and plays the blues for soft to hard and from subtle to raucous. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Whole Heart, a ballad but with gospel and R&B features. A quiet but powerful tune, a super track to close a very cool set.

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