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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

LMP/VizzTone Label Group artist:Lara Price - I Mean Business - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, I Mean Business from Lara Price and it's got spunk. Opening with R&B track, Get It When I Want It, Price leads the way on vocal backed by Derrick Martin on drums, Steve Evans on bass, Kid Andersen on guitar, Micheal Peloquin on sax, Micheal Rinta on trombone, Mike Rose on trumpet, Sue McCracklin and Maureen Smith on backing vocals. With it's Motown overtones, this track is cool! With a bit more of a Memphis sound, Cryin' Over You has a smooth, soul sound. With warm horn backing, Smith and McCracklin on backing vocal and with Mighty Mike Schermer on lead guitar, this track has strong commercial potential. With a Latin rhythm, traces of Procol Harem and a thick thread to Bond themes, Undone dances along nicely. Schermer rips a clean guitar solo punched up by the horn section and the driving bass work of Evans. Moon In The Mirror has super balance and may be my favorite track on the release. Price's vocals are creamy smooth with an almost Smokey Robinson feel. Excellent! Crazy Lucy is a sassy 2 stepper with tight instrumental backing and warm backing vocals. With a catchy melody, another solid radio track. Happy Blue Year slows things way down setting up a track with real sway. Price's lead vocals on this track are clear and seem to float on the bed of keys and backing vocals. Schermer's funky guitar work on this track has real sting and authority. Very smooth! High steppin', Slipped Tripped Fell In Love, struts in with attitude and punch. Funky, Pack It Up is a heavy footed, stomper with cocky horn work. On top of Price's solid vocals, lead guitar work on this track by Laura Chavez is mighty fine with some explosive riffs. Very nice! Smooth and slinky, Time, has the musical sensitivity of I'd Rather Go Blind, but with a more contemporary rhythm and drum riffs. I really like Chavez's guitar soloing on this track and really it rips. On title track, I Mean Business, the band gets a revival kind of tent raising feel with clean guitar riffs. Very cool! One Tear At A Time has a solid strut reinforced by stinging guitar riffs by Mr.Chris Cain and tight horn work. Super! Wrapping the release is Love Lost, a soulful ballad with a nice melody and nicely placed guitar riffs by Kid Andersen. A nice conclusion to a solid release.

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