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Review of ‘Alt Country Armor’ Compilation on Factory Fast Records — October 5, 2015

Review of ‘Alt Country Armor’ Compilation on Factory Fast Records

 

With an excellent range of songs from blues, folk, country to rock and roll, this compilation has excellent story telling, great acoustic guitar playing with fiddle, lap steel and blues harp too which really adds to the sound. The vocals are excellent too, often with an edge of sadness or tension which is really captivating.

Melting Pot – Sneaking into Heaven
This song has a great opening riff leading into a real bluesy groove. Percussion is subtle but works really well. Vocals are great with some excellent harmonies and nice edge of tension. The song has a great vibe with nice changes in feel. There’s also an excellent solo which has a touch of lap steel.

Tom Brooksby (feat. Jackson Brooksby) – Half Way Home
I really like the blues harp opening leading into an acoustic riff with a second acoustic guitar arranged really well. The vocals have a great folk / blues quality to them with some great harmonies. There’s a really nice solo too.

Julie Gibb – The Spirit Song
A real country feel to this song with excellent interplay between violin, bass, lap steel and piano. The vocals are gorgeous, edged with sadness which creates a great tension.

Tokyo Rosenthal – Mister Tell Me Bout The Great Depression
There’s a real driving feel to the opening of this song which maintains a similar momentum throughout. There’s great fiddle playing, really good riffing and solid vocals with a nice edge of tension. The song has really good changes in feel too.

Gene P Kelly – Whiskey Love
There’s a great rock and roll vibe to this song which has excellent riffing propelled by solid drumming and bass. The song has great vocals, telling the story really well. There’s a great solo too.

Matt Davis – Take It From Me
A strummed riff, lap steel and vocals to open with, the song has a sparse arrangement which is really well done. The vocals are really good, having an edge of lonesome about them. The song has some excellent guitar playing, subtle lead lines are played really well.

Johnny Hate – Farewell Not to be Back
This song has a kind of ballad feel, 2 acoustic guitar riffs interplay really well with a lap steel providing a great contrast with shimmering chords too. The song builds tension slowly with just a hint of distortion at times and a great solo too.

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Review of ‘Rise up Son’ compilation album on Factory Fast Records — September 13, 2015

Review of ‘Rise up Son’ compilation album on Factory Fast Records

 

This a great compilation featuring a wide range of styles from acoustic, metal, blues and jazz to soulful with a funk vibe. There’s some great storytelling with a simmering tension at times. The songs are all really well produced with excellent vocals and there’s also some great riffing and solos too.

Michael Brondstetter – Ghost in the Walls
This song has a great acoustic riff to open and excellent vocals. The song has a great arrangement and the guitar playing is excellent.

Starkett Levee – Marshall Dillon
A slightly distorted riff accompanies an acoustic riff to open, the song has a great edge of tension. It’s a great story telling with a real simmering quality at times and nice changes in feel too with excellent riffs and solo.

The Celebration Army – They Call Me Jesus
A great blues / rock n’ roll type of groove to the opening riff with bass and drumming, there’s a nice change in momentum to the verse with more of a funk vibe to the guitar. The song has great vocals too and a really nice build and release of tension with great changes in feel. I really like the solo too.

Francesca Romana Fabris – You Won’t Put Me Down
This song has a great jazz vibe to the opening which continues through the song. There’s a real passion to the vocals and the brass and sax solo add a really nice touch. There’s some great jazz / blues guitar playing too and really nice changes in feel.

Johnny Hate – Around Myself
This song has a great opening leading into an excellent riff, shimmering tremelo chord and a mandolin (I think). The song has a slow brooding quality, the vocals are great with excellent story telling. There’s a great interplay between the different instruments with good changes in feel too. I really like the solo, it suits the style of the song really well with a great tone too.

Stevan Brasel – Rise Up Son
There’s a great momentum to the song with solid drumming and bass playing with 2 guitars weaving in and out of the song. The vocals are really good, they are very deep and have a real soulful blues type of quality about them. There’s a great solo too. I really like the great blues vibe to this song.

Genuine Crude – Inside Jacob’s Head
I think there’s a quote from a film to open the song, not sure which one but it sets the scene really well. There’s a great momentum from solid drumming and bass. It’s a really tight knit sound, a bit of an 80’s metal vibe at times. There’s really good lead playing which contrasts really well with the more jangly riffs. The vocals are excellent and there’s really good changes in feel through the song.

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Review of Hard Luck Blues album on Factory Fast Records — June 23, 2015

Review of Hard Luck Blues album on Factory Fast Records

Hard Luck Blues compilation

 

This is a great album with a really good range of styles. The playing is excellent with great drumming and bass giving a solid foundation. Guitar playing is also excellent with both great solos and acoustic playing too. The vocals are also superb, deep and soulful at times, other times more lonesome.

The Celebration Army – Flipside There’s an almost gospel feel to the opening vocals leading into a great distorted blues riff with a more laid back feel to the verse. The vocals are great and suit the sound really well. The chorus ups the feel really well with great harmonies, releasing tension back to the verse. There’s a really nice soulful part before the final chorus which rounds the song out.

The Blue Project – I’ve Changed My Ways A slow blues song with excellent guitar tone for the solo and the vocals are superb, both male and female vocals are soulful and deep. The brass and violin are a great touch, really adding to the sound.

Johnny Hate – Black Sparrows There is a real brooding quality to this song, vocals add to the vibe provided by great drumming, solid bass and really good riffing. The song has nice changes in feel and has a touch of a cinematic sound at times. There are great harmonies to end the song too.

Indus Rush – Cracking Up There’s a great solo to open with and the brass section creates a really nice vibe. In fact the whole song has a great vibe, propelled by solid drumming and bass playing. There’s a kind of call and response feel between the vocals and brass section at times and there’s an excellent solo too.

Andy Zovko – A Thousand Miles Away This song has a great acoustic riff to open with and has a country blues sort of feel. There’s great emotion in the vocals and the song has a great arrangement and is excellently played, there are really nice harmonies and lead guitar parts.

Beneath the Crow – Cold Blooded Eyes This is an uptempo song which has quite a western sounding riff. The song has a great groove through syncopation and some really nice harmonies. Blues harp adds a great element to the song.

Ian Clayton = Kentucky Song This song has great acoustic guitar playing, the vocals have a soft edge with a real lonesome quality. The harmonica is a nice touch and there are great harmonies too.

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Review of Country’s Death compilation album on Factory Fast Records — June 15, 2015

Review of Country’s Death compilation album on Factory Fast Records

Country's Death compilation

 

This really is an excellent compilation, there’s a great diverse range of sounds and styles from country blues, western, rock, folk and blues. The playing on each song is solid with some great guitar tones, riffs and solos and excellent vocals too. The arrangements and production are spot on too with great layering and selection of instruments.

What I especially like is that the songs are quite hard to pin down to a particular style, which does make a review more difficult but means that each song individually has a great sound and overall the album as a whole is simply brilliant.

Johnny Hate – Country’s Death There’s an urgency to this song which starts with an opening acoustic riff, ominous sounding bass drum, a great riff and a scream. The vocals have a spoken style at times and there’s great layering of instruments. There are also really nice solos in the song which has a brooding western quality, great changes in feel and a great edge of tension.

The Shannons – Ethina For me this song totally captures the essence of Americana. It has a great feel, the vocals are excellent and there’s some great bass and guitar playing too. I’m not sure how they’ve done it but their sound conjures up everything from the Allman Brothers, through Mary Chapin Carpenter to Robert Earl Keen and lots more in between.

Monogroove – When You Went Away This song has great drumming to open leading into a sax solo, vocals and jangly riff to give a great momentum. It’s a great sound, some lovely harmonies and great vocals, a great vibe.

Queen Bitch – Me and the Devil A brilliant hard rocking sound with a chunky riff to open, propelled by solid drumming and some nice background hammond type sounds. The song has excellent solos and vocals, great control with building and release of tension and some nice harmonies too.

Michael Brondstetter – Dark Cloud Blues This song has an excellent country blues feel, a great momentum propelled by great riffs and solos with nice changes of feel. Great building of tension in the song too.

Genuine Crude – Invisible This song has solo piano to open with a distorted / flange riff. It has a great momentum and has more of a rock sound. The vocals add a great tension and there’s a nice solo and change of feel.

Egon Erger – Grim This song has a great atmospheric opening, a 12 twelve string guitar type of sound. The vocals are excellent, telling a great bittersweet tale. There are some great organ type sounds and a lap steel guitar really add to the sound.

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