Monday, June 10, 2019

Provogue Records artist: Robin Trower - Coming Closer To The Day - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Coming Closer To The Day, from Robin Trower and I quite like it. The unearthly soaring riffs of Trower are missing but a soulful, nicely phrased blues player with continued sensitivity is here. Opening with Diving Bell, a lumbering blues rocker, Trower handles bass, guitar and vocal and does it with style. His rhythm guitar is chorded and distorted and his lead work, slicing and overdriven. His sense for the blues is strong. On title track, Coming Closer To The Day, has a light Latin rhythm and airy guitar lead and with upper and lower fretboard contrast, this is a really solid track. The Perfect Wrong is a gritty blues track with cool vocals and a strong drum lead and signature blues riffs by Trower giving it a good blast of steam. Little Girl Blue is one of my favorite tracks on the release is a quiet, ballad like structure but with excellent guitar lead over warm chords throughout. Very, very nice. Don't Ever Change is another real nice track with a calming but bouncing rhythm. Trower is a master of floating interesting lead work on the chords and this track is a prime example. His vocals are solid and unobtrusive. Wrapping the release is funky, Take Me With You. Trower lays down an excellent bass line and a wealth of rich chords leaving a wide open hole to fill with lead. This guy is a master at layering lead over chord over rhythm and this track is a super closer for a really nice release.

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