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FORD, ROBBEN - Into The Sun - CD - Mascot Label Group - 2015

The new release by guitarist Robben Ford is a sensitive, modern blues rock affair. Ford delivers simple yet effective songs, using a language that is clearly a blues dialect - direct, concise and convincingly unearthing internal, personal concerns and passions. The production and tonal shades are contemporary, providing the immediate, tuneful material a notable attractiveness that makes it all the more accessible.

Ford's guitar playing is on the brighter side of the blues, and if you wish to hear how uplifting his playing can be you better check out "Rainbow Cover" with its budding guitar melody. Ford's band is not only adept but also a creative force, and the piano and organ playing of Jim Cox, in particular, contributes to the album's shining optimism.

Quite a few artists make a guest appearance here, but it is ZZ Ward who steals the show on "Breath Of Me" - her duet with Ford. This R&B song stands in stark contrast with mainstream pop trends (which we attribute to TV music competitions such as American Idol). It is a song that does not peak, but rather breathes: Ford's guitar wails temperately to a slow, pulsating rhythm; and it is within this framework and with a suitable reservation that ZZ Ward manages to showcase her impressive talent as a soul vocalist, giving the words the feel they deserve and transforming them into an effectively affecting offering. (7.7/10)

 

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ISSUE 78
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-B)  (B-D)  (D-G)  (G-K)  (K-M)  (M-P)  (P-S)  (S-ST)  (S-W)  (W-Z)

DOOMED
Wrath Monolith

ENNUI
Falsvs Anno Dom

EVOKE THY LORDS
Boys! Raise Gia

FALLEN ANGELS
World In Decay

FLYING COLORS
Second Flight:

FORD, ROBBEN
Into The Sun

FRACTURED SPINE
Memoirs Of A Sh

GALACTIC
Into The Deep

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