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Monday, March 7, 2016

Sugar Daddy Records artist- Anni Piper - More Guitars Than Friends - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, More Guitars Than Friendsfrom Anni Piper and I think that it may be her best effort to date. Opening with Wonder Woman, a early boogie style rocker, Piper hits a real nice bass solo and Dave Kury rips a nice one of his own, joined by Frank Hetzler on drums making for an interesting start. On Big Mama's, Just A Little Bit, Piper sets a great bass line and with solid vocals gives Kury room to rip again and he shows that he's not bashful. Very nice! Buckle Bunny is a cool Boogie Woogie with a super bass line and one of Piper's best vocal tracks. Mike Franklin adds some real nice keyboard work on this track giving it a sweet kick in the pants and again Kury digs in for a super solo of his own. Very cool! On title track, More Guitars Than Friends, Piper brings the pace down low and her vocals are rich. With the general feel of St James Infirmary, this is a real nice track with well phrased guitar lines, sax by Charlie de Chant and shimmery rhythm. The horns lead the way on Paper Bag with de Chant on sax and Sam Zambito on trumpet giving the track an overall R&B feel. A solid radio style track with a rockin bottom, this track could easily see a bit of radio play. Cold Pizza and Warm Beer has a funky feel on what I'd call a basic country number. I think it has a real possibility for radio play specifically due to clever lyrics, a catchy rhythm and grinding guitar work. Cool! Latin flavored, Shotgun Wedding is really spiced up on percussion by Hetzler and Piper's vocals are really nice. With an island overall feel this track may be one of the stars. I also really like Piper's bass solo on this one. Very cool! I'm Lost Without You also has a Latin feel but instead of island it's more "Santana" like. A rock bridge during the track gives it a kick but I really like Piper's vocals on this track and Kury's guitar solo is a clean interpretation of the genre. Very nice! Eugene is a real rocker in the vein of Berry or Richard ... think Lucille. A real rocker with a real nice solo by Franklin, a rocking bass line by Piper and solid guitar work by Kury, this track rocks. Wrapping the release is Blackberry Brandy, a western style ballad with an interesting bass line. Piper shows once again that she has the pipes for the lead vocalist and nice key work by Franklin is nicely showcased. Kury keeps his guitar work contained but in sticking with the style of the track, gives it an authentic feel. Cool closer for a cool release.

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