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Showing posts with label Me Myself and I. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Me Myself and I. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Arthur James - Me, Myself & I - New Release Review

I just received the newest release; Me, Myself & I from Arthur James and it's solid. Opening with 292 Nashua St., an easy flowing country style blues, James shows his command of rural country style blues picking techniques. Very nice. Blues, Blues, Blues digs into a basic 1-4-5 style and accompanies himself on guitar. His voice is well suited for acoustic blues and his technique is fluid. This is a cool track with some slick but traditionally rooted riffs. What You Tryin' To Do has a classic Piedmont styling and James' own vocal flair makes this a very an interesting variation on the common theme. Long Black Road has a real nice guitar vamp and a few JLH style riffs and again James' vocals blend nicely for original blues styling. Ooh Yeah! has a blues rock feel and a bit more modern feel. It still has a older root but with more modern execution techniques. Boogie track Things Ain't No Better has a solid rudimentary styling and James' vocals are as strong as on any track and with it's break out guitar solo, it may be my favorite for the release. Got Me A Woman is a rambling blues track with a fleet 1-4-5 without much adornment. Drownin' On Dry Land has a much more contemporary sound with traces to the root of blues. Forgotten Youth is a very modern take on blues with a strong ballad feel but slide acoustic guitar addition giving a more rural feel. Traditional song, Kumbaya, is almost unrecognizable with it's rework. An interesting guitar twist and a less sing song melody makes for a pleasant break. Waiter There's A Bomb In My Soup has a very contemporary feel. Interesting Richie Havens like composition. Wrapping the release,  Life, has a more esoteric feel with nice soloing techniques as well as harmonics.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Sword & Cross Records artist: Stephen Anthony Gregory - Me, Myself & I - New release Review

I just received the newest release, Me, Myself and I from Stephen Anthony Gregory. This is certainly not a mainline blues release by any means but of course has blues influences. Opening With Red Light, White Light, Gregory who plays all instruments, plays intricate classically shaped guitar solos over a metal based rhythm. Tapping, bending and shredding are all present but quite tastefully done. On Old Avila, the backing is a little lighter in nature but use of bass the track still has a bit of a metal sound. Gregory weaves the drums, rhythm guitar and bass into a cool underlayment for wailing guitar melodies. Gregoria is a bit lighter yet with arpeggiated chords and solid twin lead guitar solo melodies making for a pleasant instrumental. Wrapping the release is The "Hip Do's" a hard driver with grinding rhythm guitar and high overdrive lead guitar melody. Rapid fire lead guitar work leading into anthem like melodic lines and soaring dives makes this an entertaining diversion from much of what I typically hear.

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