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Monday, May 23, 2016

Connor Ray Music artist:The Mighty Orq - Love In A Hurricane - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Love In A Hurricane, from The Mighty Orq, and it's packed full of energy. Opening with Sweet In Between, a cool rocker with dynamics, quiet melodic vocals and powerful slide riffs, this is a super opener. Falling Down has a cool hook and smooth vocals by Orq, backed by Jimmy Rose on drums, Barry Seelen on organ and Terry Dry on bass. Pack It Up has a boppy funk to it, and Orq shows that he really is a tune master. With clever slide riffs and a crafty dance beat, this track is a strong radio player. Say It With Silence has a cool soul attack with Dry's bass emphasis focusing the beat and Orq again shows his solid radio appeal with smooth vocals and clean guitar solos. Title track, Love In A Hurricane, has traditional ballad lines featuring Orq's strong vocal attributes, an extremely clean acoustic guitar riff, tight drums and solid key work. The Possum Song has a low slung blues rock feeling with a driving rock guitar rhythm, nice organ work and a a driving drum beat. Carry Me Home is a quiet vocal ballad accompanied by piano and acoustic guitar. Carry Me Home is a real nice easy country rocker with a sweet melody, tight harmony and compact guitar solo. Made for the radio. You're In Love (That's Alright) has a real nice New Orleans flavor with super snare work, Seelen showing his accordion skills and a good time feel. One of my favorites on the release. Big Boat lays out the funk with cool percussion from Rose and real nice phrasing from Orq. Stepping up with a slick guitar solo and cool organ backing this track is tight! Very nice! A real rocker, Let Me Have My Fun, is driven by Seelen's piano work and a great rocking guitar riff. Very nice! An unusual take on Son House's Death Letter Blues, has as primary backing to the lead vocal, only drone note and minor atmospheric guitar sounds. Very interesting. Wrapping the release is Cannon Ball, a somber, acoustic guitar piece. It is captivating and well done.

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