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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

VizzTone label group artist: Hector Anchondo - Let Loose Those Chains - New release review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Let Loose Those Chains, by Hector Anchondo, and I really like it. This is an unusual contemporary blues release in that it walks the line between acoustic, primitive style and modern, electric blues. Opening with title track, Let Loose Those Chains, Hector Anchondo on vocal and guitar, backed by Joe Corley on bass and Khayman Winfield on drums. This has a strong melody with only necessary guitar work, and terrific, sparce percussion. Excellent! Cool shuffle, I'm Going To Missouri presents a forward vocal by Anchondo, a solid bass line by Corley and light touch drumming by Winfield with a crisp electric guitar solo to balance the track. Very cool. Candy Shop really tails back to a more primitive approach with delta style riffs and slide on acoustic guitar over light touch on bass and drums. Anchondo sticks to the blues formula with prominent lead vocal, and well placed guitar soloing and I think it's great. One of my favorite tracks on the release is soulful, Sometimes Being Alone Feels Right, which really shows the sensiitive nature of Anchondo's vocals and the dynamics of the band as a whole. Very nice. A real treat on the release is Strike It Down with it's european street ... almost gypsy jazz guitar artistry. Excellent! Wrapping the release is straight up blues shuffle, You Know I Love You But You Got To Go. With Anchondo singing at easy pace and his fingers dancing across the fretboard, it's a great closer. This song has great tempo. You'll find yourself tapping your feet and singing to your office mate... I love you but you got to go... Strong closer. 

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