Sunday, 28 February 2016

Julie Rhodes - Bound to Meet the Devil, album review

Perambulating Sass

With the swamp stomp of Tony Joe perambulating through second Collector Man on this gutsy debut, we know as listeners we’re on a rugged walk too, and the gospel chorus on following Faith assures us we can make it together, holding hands if you wish, or clapping along to the muscular blues and soul rhythms already on the opening three songs.

A reggae bass rhythm to open fourth Hey Stranger throws a little on the expectations, but we are quickly into a blues with organ rolls and pumps in the background, tart guitar riffs, and Rhodes’ vocal occupying with a seasoned-sounding tone. Hurricane follows with horn blasts – love the sax surges – and we know what a fine album this is bound to be. And it is, Joplin-esque [on this track] and big-blues time.

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