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Monday, January 13, 2014

Blues Root Productions: Debbie Bond & the Trudats - That Thing Called Love - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (January 21, 2014), That Thing Called Love, by Debbie Bond and the Trudats. Opening with You're The Kind Of Trouble, Bond immediately captures your attention with a tight blues based pop track with a nice groove. Steady Rolling Man has an early blues/New Orleans sound with nice piano work by Rick Asherson and nice sax work from tom Pallardy. Feed My Soul is a solid ballad with a catchy melody and radio hook. I Like It Like That has a boogie feel and Bonds vocals are spot on. Asherson exercises a bit of John Mayall like harp work on this track. Very nice! Still Missing You falls square into the ballad arena. Bond plays a sweet guitar solo on this track leading to a nice sax solo from Pallardy. Tarragona Blues has a Latin rhythm provided by Dave Crenshaw, Jonathan Blakney and Ray Robinson on drums. Again Bond steps out with a clever guitar solo and Asherton lays down some nice key work. Falling has a real nice intro by Asherson leading to a soulful ballad. Possibly one of the most interesting ballads on the release, I feel it is "the one" for the radio. Cleanly articulated guitar work on this track adds nice accent to a bright tune. Title track, That Thing Called Love is a bluesy track with sophisticated jazz influences. Again nice sax work from Pallardy as well as nice solos from Bond and Asherson make this a real nice precloser. An extended mix of Tarragona Blues completes the release with particularly nice percussion work and instrumentals. All in all a very sophisticated mix of tunes with cool vocal and instrumental attributes.

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