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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Isaiah B Brunt - Just the Way That It Goes - New release review

I just received the newest release, Just the Way That It Goes, from Isaiah B Brunt and it's unique and alluring. Opening with She's So Fine, singer, songwriter and vocalist Brunt eases into a slinky bluesy track joined by Mark Whitaker on drums, Richard Bird on bass and Mike Hood on keys. Brunt is a fine slide player and shows his finesse right out of the bag. Let Your Heart Know actually reminds me quite a bit of a 70's era of Savoy Brown with solemn vocals and a driving bass line. Again, Brunt takes a skillful solo on slide adding tension to a smooth shuffle. On boogie track The River Runs High, Kenny Claiborne adds key harp riffs giving the track an overall swampy feel. Brunt doesn't hold back delivering some eerie slide riffs making this one of my favorites tracks on the release. Precious Stone, another boogie track featuring nice piano work from Hood gives the release another dimension altogether. With A Kiss, a slower ballad has some of the most inviting guitar riffs juxtaposed against the clarity of Hood's piano. Lover's Blues, a boogie with a driving bass line has the most memorable melody making it the natural pick for airplay. Brunt's more open electric playing on this track sets it apart from the other tracks as well. On title track, Just the Way That It All Goes, breaks into a more cohesive vocal ballad with additional backing vocals. Never Give Up has a solid bass line and simple vocal structure reminding me for some reason of Dire Straits. A well written track, Brunt lays down a simple but effective slide solo leaving you wanting more. Wrapping the release is Which Way To Go featuring David Stocker on mellotron and some of the most adventurous vocals on the release. With a much broader depth and breadth instrumentally and vocally, this track is an ideal closer.

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