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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ruf Records artist: Laurence Jones - What's It Gonna Be - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, What's It Gonna Be, from Laurence Jones, and it has a bluesy, pop rock release. Opening with title track, What's It Gonna Be, Laurence Jones shows poise and polish on a solid radio rocker. Don't Need No Reason has contemporary rock lines but blues roots. Backed by Roger Inniss on bass and Miri Miettinen on drums, Jones plays some flat rock out riffs, then changing to a laid back shuffle rhythm and bluesy ruffs on this cool track. On Evil, the band grinds into a cool blues rock groove and Jones takes a meaty solo showing his patience as well as his explosive nature. Very cool! Touch Your Moonlight has a Eagles of Death Metal pop rock style. I really like the attack and tightness backed by building guitar intensity. Soulful ballad, Don't Look Back features Jones with Sandi Thom on vocals. This is a really simple pop track with nice duet work and straight bluesy guitar riffs for strong radio appeal. All I Need is a straight up pop rocker with warm support from Julian Grudgings on keys. Being Alone has a catchy melody and strong commercial potential with the starch of 38 Special.Led Belly's Good Morning Blues gets a nice redo with a Willie Dixon/Paul Rogers blend. I particularly like Jones' guitar work on this track combined with it's large step rhythm making it my favorite on the release. Bad Company's Can't Get Enough get's a pretty straight up cover with Dana Fuchs joining on lead vocal with Jones. Was a classic hit 40 years ago...why not now? Set It Free is really well constructed with a lead guitar riffs as memorable as Bob Seger's Main Street or Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street and again with a strong melodic nature and backing vocals by SJ Mortimer, making it a solid radio player. Wrapping the release is "country" rocker, Stop Moving The House, with driving piano work from Grundings and mature vocals and guitar slinging from Jones. Solid conclusion to Jones' newest.

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