Release Date: Aug 5, 2016
Record label: Nuclear Blast
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Psychedelic/Garage, Retro-Rock
Red hot blues: enervating second album from multinational rockers Blues Pills These are bountiful times when it comes to young rock bands with commanding frontwomen. Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard might be the most pertinent example, but it’s an expanding crop that includes The Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss, The Bellrays’ Lisa Kekaula, Purson’s Rosalie Cunningham and Jasmyn Burke of Toronto newbies Weaves, to name but a few. High on the list is the striking Elin Larsson, the twentysomething leader of Blues Pills, the quartet drawn from Sweden, France and the US.
Lady in Gold was recorded in analog over two years with producer-engineer Don Alsterberg. The sound is much warmer, and the writing more varied. It's more reliant on psychedelic R&B than bluesy hard rock. The single opens the set with a pumping piano that recalls the production Norman Whitfield used with the Temptations (think "Friendship Train" circa 1970).