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Friday, June 17, 2016

Jim Zeller - Circus - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Circus, from Jim Zeller, and it's a rock stew. Opening with Down To The River, a kind of bolero rocker with a taste of Midnight Rider and French Cafe twist on Old Man River, this release will keep you guessing. Wild Life has a more metal feel with vocal echo but with synthesized accordion sounds giving it a more euro sound. With Freddy Freedom and Jean Millaire on guitar, David Devine on drums and Marc Deschenes on bass, a nice harp solo sets it off. A light rocker, Bad Girl, has an interesting sound with harp and a jazzy beat. Possibly my favorite track on the release, overdriven guitar rhythm is very cool as is the howl of the harp and Richard Beamder on sax. Ballad, Ain't So Bad has a solid melody with traces of the Kinks and smooth harp work. Driving rocker with traces of All Along The Watchtower, Halloween in Hollywood With Johnny Depp is a cool track with some hints of Spanish guitar and cool guitar riffs. One Step Closer To Vegas has a Tex Mex/Jimmy Buffet mix feel. An appealing radio track, this is nicely written and performed. This Time stays the course with straight forward pop style track, complimented nicely by harp and interesting percussion work. Demetri Bel Alexandre adds some nicely crafted slide work giving the track additional texture. Sweet Nanoo is a cool shuffle track with classic blues rock guitar riffs a real nice harp blowout. Midnight Train is as pure a radio track as you are going to hear. Nicely done. Wrapping the release is Soul Of The Moon with a catchy melody and mellow backing.

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