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Friday, July 30, 2021

Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method - 50- New Release review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, 50, from Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method and it's quite good. Opening with Brand New Day a super blues rocker with a light Lating twist,Polly is up front on vocal and bass, backed by Dave Miller on guitar and Tommy Cook on drums. With a suspenceful bass line, strong gitar lead and plenty of cow bell, this track is a super opener. With a tango rhythm accentuated by Cook on snare, Can't Catch Me really catches the mood and Miller's "early Santana" like guitar phrasing really gives this track spark. Excellent! Blues ballad, Smiling is one of my favorites on the release with Miller at the mic. His guitar work, gilstening chords as a part of the rhythm part, and with searing lead, really sets the mood on this track giving it a real emotional grip. Very nice. Lumbering blues rocker, I'm Not Guilty, is really a nice showcase for O'Keary's vocals with it's rock solid bottom and dramatic styling. Miller lays in a cool guitar solo with shimmery effects and solid statements giving the track great balance. Wrapping the release is a power rocker, American Highways, with O'Keary on lead vocal and a strong guitar punch. Miller's lead work on this track takes a firm blues rock stand, flexing his guitar muscle with nicely formed statements. This is a solid closer for a real nice release. 

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