Edel [Release date 08.11.19]
Billed as half English, half French, 100% Rock’n’Roll, this is Laura Cox’s second album and from the outset it is serious rock’n’roll.
Her 2017 debut Hard Blues Shot sold well in France and the lady has had a lot of youtube hits, and on the evidence of the first two songs on this album, she should be a star. The blues rock is solid, Laura Cox doesn’t rely on that commercial or trendy angle nor on sexual image for sales (Alannah Myles she is not), she fronts a 4 piece band that just rocks.
Here Laura plays guitar, lap steel and banjo as well as handling all vocal duties, and is joined by guitarist Mathieu Albiac, bassist Francois C Delaqoudre and drummer Antonin Guerin.
Opener ‘Fire Fire’ kicks off with a great sound that mixes the drive of Deep Purple and fuzz of an uptempo mid 70s Black Sabbath song, before the vocals come in and the song becomes solid rock’n’roll. The vocals are clean and solid, reminiscent of Amy Schugar, driving rhythms dirty and rolling. ‘Bad Luck Blues’ is another great song, the two guitars playing nicely off of each other.
Parts of ‘Last Breakdown’ hint at, in their heavier moments, the bluesier side of bands like Cinderella. Then there’s gentler moments like ‘Looking Upside Down’ where there’s a fine lap steel touch. Yes it does add a country touch but, as the song builds, it doesn’t take over. Works well. ‘Just Another Game’ is also more acoustic and comes over as more heartfelt. Then there’s’Here’s To War’, a heavier and chunkier track, that still retains a rock’n’roll touch.
There’s a great feel to the album, because the different moods run together smoothly, it’s not formulaic, and at times sounds as fun to make as it is to listen to. The press release says there’s a touch of Danko Jones meets Joan Jett which I can def see. Southern Hard Blues? Yep I could go with that.
Definitely one to look out for. ****1/2
Review by Joe Geesin
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