Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Allman Brothers connection (plus one more song)

Interesting that TWO of the songs I'm reviewing this time have alumni of The Allman Brothers featured on the tracks! Here they are (plus one more song):

"Bound For Glory" by The Tedeschi-Trucks Band: A husband and wife match made in blues-rock heaven! Susan Tedeschi is a blues based musician with a heavy influence of Stax Records brand R & B (think Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, etc.) in her music as well, and Derek Trucks is a blues-rock guitarist that occasionally plays in legendary blues-rock combo The Allman Brothers Band. So what do they sound like together?! A powerhouse, that's what! Especially with Derek Trucks mad guitar skills in the middle of what would probably be more of a '60s R & B/gospel pastiche without his contributions. "Bound For Glory" is quite an apt title for a song that builds up to glorious proportions as it continues to chug along!

"Man In Motion" by Warren Haynes: Yet another (occasional) member of The Allman Brothers Band (as well as more contemporary blues-rock musicians, Gov't Mule). The vibe this song gives off is definitely more of a '70s classic rock one than that of the previous song, and in particular, it reminds me of the blues-gone-somewhat-hard-rock feel of Eric Clapton's mid-'70s rock anthem, "Cocaine". Once again, amazingly talented guitar skills show up in this song! What can I say, sometimes you just gotta let out your blues on the 'lectric guitar and ROCK OUT!!

"Will Do" by TV on the Radio: Amazingly, this is the ONLY song I'm reviewing this week that HAS an "indie" feel to it!! Weird, huh?! Anyway, to give you a background on the cleverly named TV on the Radio, they have been around since roughly the mid 2000's, and their material is typically somewhere between the more "experimental" side of classic rock (i.e. David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, etc.) and the more icy cold, claustrophobic, tensed up feel that bands of the post-punk era typically give off (i.e. Gang of Four, Public Image Ltd., Joy Division, etc.) "Will Do" is, quite possibly, the first TVOTR song that strips away the band's typical post-punk influence and instead goes for more of a '70s "soul ballad" vibe a la Marvin Gaye, though it still has the Gabriel/Bowie type sound dominating the tune. It is also one of the few (if not the only) song by TVOTR that I find has a memorable, catchy chorus ("Anytime will love"), delivered by the smooth, soulful vocals of lead singer Tunde Adebimpe. Though this song is atypical of their style, it's also the first song of theirs so far that's won my affection!