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CD BLUES PILLS EP REVIEW

BLUES PILLS

DEVIL MAN EP

NUCLEAR BLAST

2013

 

 

DEVILSH BLUES

 

 

Sometimes it’s all about the voice and the soul. Over the years of course there have always been artists that arrive on the scene and are compared to the greats, very few seem to last and very few deserve the tags. Blues Pills' vocalist Elin Larsson has drawn comparisons to the largely incomparable Janis Joplin, and you know what? On the basis of this EP, there just may be something in that. The quality of the songs of course help: and here they’re particularly strong with a surprising amount of space and light in there which is unusual for a new band.

 

Putting their best foot forward Blues Pills open up with what is arguably the best song here: ‘Devil Man’ – the a cappella vocal that bursts out has real power and conviction and may well be sweeter than Janis ever was but it seemingly comes from the same place. It also takes you straight back to the days when Aretha, Jimi, Janis and Cream held sway. Amazingly the voice opens up from there adding more moss as it rolls through some cutting guitar. Everything feels right here from the drums to the bass and all tied together by that space and THAT voice.

 

After that opening the rest was always going to be a comedown, but really you’ll need the time to drift back into this time-zone.  Thankfully ‘The River’ has more of relaxed jazzy vibe and is a song similar in vein, if not quite in power, to ‘Strange Fruit’ made popular by Billie Holiday. We’ve got some heady stuff here already.  Unlike the first two tracks ‘Time Is Now’ starts with guitar and it’s an altogether simpler and meatier proposition – a sort of Cream channeling Hendrix proposition with a vocal you could almost imagine Adele throwing down on one of her better days. Final track ‘Dig In’ adds yet more depth to the argument that Blues Pill is something rather special: it’s a lower key, slower blues that seems to tug gently at your soul.     

 

Amazing stuff and all kudos to Nuclear Blast for signing the band.  

 

 

4-TRACK EP ‘’Devil Man’’ out October 18, 2013 | ALBUM due February 2014.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD BLUES PILLS EP REVIEW 2013