BLUES PILLS are the shooting stars of the revitalized retro rock genre. In the style of the 60s and 70s they bring the blues rock back to life. The multicultural band appeared just five years ago and made a huge impact in the music scene from the beginning! BLUES PILLS have toured across Europe and Australia without releasing their self-titled debut album; they just recorded different EPs and
seemed to get famous overnight.
Well, it’s not that easy, these guys are real workaholics. They played a lot of shows, everyone with the same overwhelming energy.
And now the second album dropped. After knowing the bands history, I wondered if BLUES PILLS could stand their ground, the expectations being just so huge! And what to say: in my ears it’s sadly slick and polished. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad album.
“Lady In Gold” is multifaceted, elegant and groovy.
You see the album cover and can image what’s inside: A retro-stylish piece of music, thought-out and with love for detail, well proceeded. But the rock feeling and guitars get almost lost; instead there are choir-passages and e-organs. Also Elin Larsson’s voice changed. The song ‘I Felt A Change’ says it all. It’s
a plain proof of her powerful voice,
reminding of the wonderful Adele. There is a soul diva, not a rock girl anymore (And don’t forget to check out the band’s video for that song, it’s a beautiful artwork!). The title track ‘Lady in Gold’ is a catchy song with chart potential, ‘Little Boy Preacher’ sounds almost like a gospel, very groovy.
So what to say about “Lady In Gold”? Somehow it’s disappointing. The soul of BLUES PILLS (wordplay-alert!) got lost. This album is almost too well proceeded, I miss the authentic retro feeling of the previous album; the energy of rock music (what the f*** happened to the guitars?). But it is also a very smart and dapper piece of music, good to listen to in the evening while preparing dinner. I wonder what the future will bring…
BLUES PILLS – “Lady In Gold” Tracklist:
01. Lady in Gold
02. Little Boy Preacher
03. Burned Out
04. I Felt a Change
05. Gone So Long
06. Bad Talkers
07. You Gotta Try
08. Won’t Go Back
10. Elements and Change
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