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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Gretchen and the Pickpockets - Falling Rising - New release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Falling Rising, from Gretchen and the Pickpockets and it's a adventurous mix of pop, jazz and rock. Opening with Keep Talking, vocalist Gretchen Klempa has solid piped, backed by Mike Klempa on bass, Ryan O'Connell on trumpet, Tom O'Connell on drums, Richie Smith on guitar and Diego Tunjano on sax. Bluesy, Easy On My Heart has a real nice feel with sensitive vocals and a powerful horn attack. One of my favorite tracks on the release, Devil's Due has all of the radio appeal of the Eagles without all of the hours of overplaying a cleaner, sassier lead vocalist, and punchy horns for a fresher feel. With a funky, Memphis kind of sound, Let Me Do My Thing, has a nice blend of jazz, soul and pop. A little more traction is added by Ryan on trumpet solo and the band kicks it almost to New Orleans sound. Very nice. Another adventurous track is Take Flight with a real Latin (Rhumba?) rhythm. Extended horn soloing gives the track wings.  A real mover. Far, Far We Go has a jagged rhythm and tight drums melded together with lush vocals and warm horn work adding even more depth to the repertoire of the band. Wrapping the release is Time And Time Ago, a light sounding track with real teeth. Doubled vocals, a deep bass line by Mike, airy trumpet work by Ryan, twisted guitar sounds by Smith and tight snappy drum work by Tom makes this an excellent closer.



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