Groove Kings - Blood Red
Canadian formation Groove Kings may have a lot of competition when it comes to their band name, but they have a very driving mix of R&B, Blues, Jazz, Rock and Lounge that is unique all to themselves.
Their third release, Blood Red is just as it sounds, thick and coursing dark and definitive. It seems the most of first half of the album is a sultry vibe, look to the introduction and title track for evidence of this. And though the second track "Real Love" has a more upbeat flow of guitar and brass, its songs like this and "Chore" that have me enjoying a very Adult/Contemporary release, which is not my usual protocol. In between low-lying clean guitar strums, lead singer Irene Marc's confidence swallows you hole.
From there on out, you'll hear great takes on Country Blues like "Bury Me" or the very retro and clean "What Did You Think I Would Do?". Most of this having been from the Montreal area, not the least surprised that diversified talent hides. Though I'm not likely to be a consumer of this sound ordinarily, I enjoyed my time with this record, and will certainly recommend when applicable.
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