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Showing posts with label Train. Show all posts
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Solomon King Riding The "Train" of Critic's Acclaim


    Solomon King recently released his third album, Train. The 9-song disc "walks the line between love and lust, while celebrating getting on with one's life," says King, who wrote all the songs, performs lead vocals and most of the guitar parts on Train (along with noted L.A. session man, Johann Frank). Train is a follow-up to 2011's well-received Medicine. King's 2009 album Under The Sun was Grammy-nominated in the "Best Contemporary Blues Album" category and yielded two songs, "Jack Me Up" and "Frankie And Johnnie," featured in the first season of hit HBO TV series, "True Blood.”

"Blues musician Solomon King's new album Train is an ode to blues with a new sound. A polished and accomplished guitar player, singer, and songwriter. With Blues music being manifested and brought to life by such artists as Johnny Lang, Joe Bonamassa and Solomon King, the genre is destined to thrive for many years to come. 5 Stars (out of 5)".
                                  ATLANTA MUSIC EXAMINER

"Solomon King's Train is his best music so far - with great singing, strong songwriting, and a selfless maturity. Reminds me of early Dire Straits or The Band circa 'Music From Big Pink,' i.e. great music following an artistic vision all in service of each individual song."
                                SUNDAY NIGHT BLUES PROJECT

"On Train; Solomon King finds a way to stay true to a classic blues sound, but still manages to cross into other genres, widening his appeal. Not every musician can pull this off, but King succeeds with flying colors."                                       
                                                   ROCK OVER AMERICA
"Train is a solid album from beginning to end. Solomon pays homage to traditional blues, but plays the Blues in a style all his own. With Solomon King, the Blues are in good hands!"
                                NATIONAL ROCK REVIEW

"King's emotive, story-telling lyrics and music harkens me back to the days of classic, soulful grooves straight out of Muscle Shoals. 'Slo Blues is an easy classic after-hours tune tastefully done with a nice slow-hand feel on the guitar playing. If you like singer-songwriter music that covers a gamut of musical stylings and leaves a lasting impression then I recommend Train for many listens."
                                                     GUITARZ FOREVER

"After listening to Train I must once again put this music into a category for which the term brilliant is first and foremost. Packed with truly great tunes from beginning to end. A really great album from one of the better singers, songwriters, and guitarists performing nowadays. Highly recommended."
                                     BLUES UNDERGROUND

"It doesn't take much of this album to see that Solomon king has a pretty firm grasp of the blues...from the slow burn of "Slo Blues" to the roots-rock of "Country Song," King shows he knows how to produce a groove with the guitar."
                                      OC MUSIC EXAMINER

"I just received the latest release Train from Solomon King and its quite good. Cool guitar riffs appear throughout. 'Bad To Me' has a blues rock beat with a nice back beat. 'Country Song' actually puts me in mind of a mellow version of Sweet Jane. If there's a radio track here, this is it!"
                                     BMANS BLUES REPORT

"There are those who simply play the blues and some people who have lived them and there dudes like Solomon King who have done both. Train is a tasty collection of blues that walk the line between love and lust and celebrate getting on with life."
                                                     ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE

"This Train is more powerful than any you might have ridden in the past and Solomon King is riding the rails high and proud. His mellow-toned voice and delicate yet distinctive guitar style is smooth and masterful."
                                 XOMBIEWOOF MAGAZINE

"Solomon King's diversity makes Train a special set, indeed...he revisits his South Central (L.A.) days with the scorching funk of "Bad To Me," and again with the thundering tones of the title cut."



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Train - Solomon King - New Release Review

I just received the latest release, Train, from Solomon King and it's actually quite good. Although not a simple blues release, it like most has blues elements. Opening with Baby Does Me Good with a Bo Diddley beat, lead by Stephen Styxxx Marshall on drums and has cool slide work by King and Johann Frank. Bad To Me has a blues rock beat with a nice back beat. King manages vocals with simple style and cool guitar riffs appear throughout. Coffee Song really captures that ragged Lou Reed kind of vocal style which I really like. Complimented by Jimmy Powers and Glenn Doll on harp and warm backing vocals by Maxayan Lewis and Connie Jackson this is a cool rocker. Slo Blues is really a bluesy ballad highlighting King on vocal. Bass work by Princeton Arnold and stylized guitar work on this track puts me in mind of one of my favorite blues rock players, Kim Simmonds. One of my favorites on the release. Great Wall opens with Elmore James like slide guitar riffs and again King has a Lou Reed/Bob Dylan vocal style which is very effective. Not to say that he actually sounds like either but his style is cool and effective. As far as a swinging boogie, this track is very cool. Country Song actually puts me in mind of a mellow version of Sweet Jane. If there is a radio track here... this is it! My Baby's Love is a solid ballad but again in a very loose Lou Reed style. I'm not at all indicating that it's been done before or that that it's not original. I just find that it has characteristics similar to Lou Reed that I like. Title track, Train is a percussive song with nods to Hendrix and emphasis on vocal, percussion, bass and sonic guitar filler. Very cool. This is a very loose track with traces to the NY street scene and an interesting trip. Blue Angel wraps the release as a very straight forward ballad primarily with key accompaniment by Buddy Pierson. Rich backing gives it a theme song or soundtrack type track. With a bit of an original country feel, a solid track to complete a nice 3rd release.

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