I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Brotherhood, from Terminal Station and it's a super blues rocker. Opening with instrumental, Barrelhouse, Terminal Station is off and running with Scott Smith on guitar, Jeremy Holmes on bass, Liam MacDonald on drums and percussion, Darryl Havers on keys and Vic Polyik on harmonica. Cool opener. Chicago Calling is a real cool blues track built around a slide guitar riff. With solid lead vocals and Little Feat like swampy rhythm and slide, clear precise piano work by Havers and the addition of harmonica lead by Polyik this track has a great feel. On bluesy ballad, If You Don't Know Me Now, Smith shows solid vocal footing in R&B with nice piano lead by Havers and a smooth melodic guitar solo of his own over the firm footing of MacDonald and Holmes. Energetic rocker, It's Not The End of the World has strong pop appeal with extensive vocal work, reinforcing snare work by MacDonald and slick, Allman influenced slide work by Smith. Shuffle, One More Shot, is one of my favorite tracks on the release with a crisp rhythm, a bright piano solo by Havers, Alvin flavored guitar attack and super vocals by Smith and solid blues fused harmonica work by Polyik. Very nice. Booker D is a cool instrumental built over the trademark MG feel but with the classic Booker T vamp understated. Sure, Havers winds it out on organ but it has a fresh feel and not like a rip off and sure, Smith comes back with a Steve Cropper like attack on guitar, but not sounding like Cropper. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Voodoo Queen with a 60's British blues rock/Willie Dixon sound. With grinding guitar soloing by Smith and elevating organ work by Havers, this is a solid closer.
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