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Monday, November 2, 2015

Blue Sun Rising artist: Angela Lewis Brown - Set Me Free - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Set Me Free, from Angela Lewis Brown and it's quite cool! Opening with Blues Blues Lovin', a funky pop rocker, ALB shows her clear vocal style accompanied by Chris Carter on drums, Ashley Hurst and Dunbar Delmar on harp and with some tight guitar riffs from Alisdair Pickering on guitar. Set Me Free has a distinctive American soul feel with Carter and Pickering developing the rock component on guitars and Zenny Lee on backing vocal. Easy paced ballad, Summer Nights is nearly accapella with ALB and Lee harmonizng nicely with only the basic of guitar and drum as support. Very nice! I'm Feeling Good About Me is a prominent radio style track with all of the finesse and polish required of it. A strong melody, clear vocals and a good hook mike this a prime pick. Hopeless is one of my favorite tracks on the release with a soulful melody and really strong vocals. It has a nice groove and a solid bass with an easy stated guitar line. Very nice! Better Man has a gritty blues style bottom with choice harp riffs and punctual guitar riffs. I has a strong R&B feel with ALB almost jamming vocally in a soulful interpretation of overlapping lines. Ice Cold Tears is a somber ballad that really cuts with a bluesy knife. Layered vocals, simple stylized guitar riffs, well placed backing vocals and basic accompaniment makes this my favorite track on the release. Excellent! Stepping up the pace a bit with That's You, a blues based rocker, ALB adds in a little funk and a cool strut. Carter's rhythmic percussion and Lee's backing vocals along with teasing guitar riffs by Pickering are particularly key on this track nicely supporting ALB's vocals. Wrapping the release is I'll Be There, a soulful tune bring the work of Luther Ingram. Possibly the strongest vocal work on the release, and with melodic complimentary guitar lead, a strong closer for a solid release.

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