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Monday, February 12, 2018

The Rex Granite Band featuring Sarah Benck - Spirit/Matter/Truth/Lies - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Spirit/Matter/Truth/Lies from The Rex Granite Band featuring Sarah Benck and it's a soulful rocker. Opening with shuffle, Stop Doing What You Want, features Sarah Benck on loead vocals and Rex Granite on slide, backed by James Carrig  on bass and Anton Divis on drums. With it's driving beat, a hot opener. What You're Missing has great attitude with a solid rock rhythm and sassy Bonnie Raitt like vocals. Very cool. Percy Mayfield's Please Send Me Someone To Love has a deep soulful feel, showcasing some of Benck's best vocals on the release. Granite really digs in on slide with super fat tone and grease. Very nice. With a easy, island feel, Sail Away (Pt.1) has some of the tastiest slide playing this side of Ry Cooder. With lush vocals from Benck, a sure radio track. Boogie track, Steam Roller incorporates a hot horn section courtesy of Bucky McCann on sax, Michael Gurciullo on trumpet, Lou DeLuca on harmonica and Doug Montera on drums. I like the grinding guitar sound by Granite on title track, Spirit/Matter/Truth/Lies and the heavy bass line of Carrig making Led Zep like track the best rocker on the release. Wrapping the release is Sail Away (Pt 2) with a heavy bass line, eerie slide work and Grace Slick like vocals giving the track a San Francisco sound. This is a cool closer for an interesting release.


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