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Showing posts with label No More Blue Mondays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label No More Blue Mondays. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Landon Spradlin - No More Blue Mondays - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, No More Blue Mondays, from Landon Spradlin and it's strong. Opening with Seminary, a cool R&B style track featuring Spradlin on lead vocal and guitar and backing by Henry Spinetti on drums, Dave Markee on bass, and Dan Cutrona on keys this is a solid opener. Title track, No More Blue Mondays, settles right down into the arms of Texas and a super deep blues number. With heavy spiritual overtones and super organ backing by Cutrona, Spradlin really sings the blues and his guitar work is gripping and intense. Excellent! R&B hit, Drift Away gets a solid cover with little changes in arrangement. With particularly solid bass work by Markee and nice backing vocals by Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy and Owen Welch, this track is bound for solid airplay. With upbeat tempo and country style, I Got Jesus Name is a super lively track that will have your toe tapping. Snappy drum/bass rhythm and clever guitar riffs make this track work. He Is There is a somber ballad featuring Spradlin's soulful vocals and powerful lyrics, pushed hard by super backing vocals by Levy, Welch and Levy. One of my favorite tracks on the release, My Friend Jesus, has an easy, Waltz tempo (think the band or Leon Russell)and it is particularly powerful in delivery and execution. With lead bass work by Markee and key organ work by Cutrona, Spradlin's vocals soar. Very nice! Wrapping the release is revival/spiritual style My Help. Spradlin is riding high on a snappy drum beat, running bass lines and solid organ. With great backing vocals, this is an excellent closer for a powerful release.

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