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Friday, November 11, 2016

Ross Neilsen - Elemental - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Elemental, from Ross Neilsen. The release opens with It's Time You Made Up Your Mind, a dark spiritual kind of sound with warm, soulful vocals. Primal tom tom work by Matt Sobb give this track a cool vibe. Black Coffee is a modern take on the blues with harp by Steve Marriner. His vibrant harp work coupled with stylistic drums and loose guitar riffs give this track bite. Woman's Name is a cool track with solid drum work by Sobb, reminiscent of John Bonham and with Jack Bruce like vocals by Neilsen, and searing slide work by Jim Boskill, one of my favorite tracks on the release. Country flavored, Devil Made You shows strong radio characteristics highlighted by Boskill on pedal steel. Aided by the sounds of the fiddle, Ash Fault has the sentimental sounds of rural America. Another track with a country twist, Nobody Gets Lonely shows some of Neilsen's best vocals, backed by Boskill on mandolin and featuring a solid bass line by Darcy Yates. R&B track, The Race has just a pinch of country, punched up by the horn work of Ed Lister on trumpet and Brian Asselin on sax. Wrapping the release is a nicely written country ballad, Step Into the Light. With warm keyboards by Steve Marriner and nicely styles pedal steel work by Boskill, Neilsen accompanies himself on acoustic guitar for a nice conclusion to a solid release.

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