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Monday, July 11, 2016

7-14 Productions artist: Eddie Turner & Trouble Twins - Naked ... In Your Face - New release review

I just received the newest release (July 14, 2016), Naked...In Your Face, from Eddie Turner & Trouble Twins and it's electrifying. Opening with R&B track, Jody, this tight 3 piece unit featuring Eddie Turner on vocal and guitar, Anna Lisa Hughes on vocal and bass and Kelly Kruse on vocal and drums get the joint hopping. Recorded live at the Blues Can, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the mix is real nice. Mistreated drops nicely into the slow blues slot with Turner laying down really nice blues solos and Hughes taking the lead on vocal. One of the things that I particularly like about Turner's playing is his freedom of expression and style without losing the boundaries of the basic blues format. Funky, So Many Roads is a cool track with a solid bass line, reinforced by Turner's rhythm guitar playing and slashing percussion by Kruse. His vocals are well suited for a track like this and I really like Hughes' plucky bass lines. Very cool. Rise is a 11 plus minute jam with ringing harmonics and featuring super bass work. On Nick Gravenites', Buried Alive In The Blues, Hughes bass is really aggressive and I really like it. She also takes over on lead vocals and her voice is strong and seductive. With a really nice arrangement of this classic blues number, it may be one of my favorite covers that I've heard and possibly the best track on the release. Soulful guitar lead by Turner and clean rhythm by Kruse makes this track sail. Blues Fall Down Like Rain has a swampy, New Orleans kind of funk. Turner lets the dog off the leash on this one with voracious snarling guitar riffs. Excellent!  On Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, another classic, written for Nina Simone and made popular by Eric Burdon and the Animals, Turner's band gives this track a fresh feel with Hughes again on lead vocals and solid bass work. Burning guitar lead sets this track on fire and Hughes and Kruse fan the flames. Very nice. Boogie track, Dangerous, clocks in at over 12 minutes with the simplest of rhythm patterns. This is an excellent jam with gnashing of teeth and fire and dynamite. Possibly worth the cost of admission on it's own! Wrapping the release is Secret, a floating rock track with a bit of Jimi flavor. Adventurous, head bobbing and loosely tight, this is a really cool track to close up a serious new release.
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