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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Joey Flip and Aurora - Release - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Release, from Joey Flip and Aurora and it's different. Opening with Not For Me, an easy jazz track, Aurora sings lively over Flip's guitar with bass, drum and piano accompaniment. Switching to a more blues rock tempo, on I Can Tell, Flip takes the lead on vocal and also brings his guitar to the forefront. Aurora joins on vocal, deep into the track and Flip throws down some more aggressive riffs. On Latin infused, Esta Noche, Aurora and Flip really seem to hit on all cylinders with some of the best vocals on the track as well as some cool Spanish guitar work. Slow blues track, Mess Around, is up next and Flip gives his fretboard a hard workout complimented by Aurora on vocals and keys. Quiet ballad, This Little Thing, has a nice melody and a radio format making it the most practical radio play track for the release. Rain, an experimental instrumental track with a bluesy base is my favorite on the release with a solid foundation of bass and drums and Flip creating a bit of a soundscape with his guitar. Very interesting. Blues track, 6 Feet Underground, feels a lot like an early Dylan track with basic drum and key backing Flip on guitar and vocal. Don't Come Around has a really stripped city feel but with an almost spiritual vocal backing. Flip pushes the envelope for me and that's good. Haunting. Whipping Post really captures the feel of some early blues men with ragged vocals, resonator slide guitar and rudimentary percussion. 4th Street Alley has conventional blues/rock construction and Flip sings, plays acoustic rhythm and solos on electric. Basic drum rhythm and bass work give the track more texture leading up to some synthesized vocals and a wide open James Gurley like solo for a hot conclusion.

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