Sunday, 28 August 2016

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer - A Real Fine Mess, album review

Kings of Blues

A Canadian duo who are by all accounts quite raw and gritty live, this recorded sound still retains much of the dirt blues that one presumes is their stock-in-trade on the stage. Funky blues guitar riffs dominate, with talking harmonica laying further authentic backdrops. There are layers of female vocal too, and penultimate They Don't Make it Like They Used To [deluxe edition] is a leftfield reggae blues that spurts great fun in its grooves. At times sounding like Kings of Leon playing less to the stadium and more a club ambience [Tea for Two and others], this is great sustained stuff. Opener Black and Blue sets the blistering blues strut well, punchy vocal interplays playing.

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