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REVIEW: Groove Kings – Blood Red (2009)


gk-brThe Groove Kings are a Canadian group made up of vocalist Irene Marc and multi-instrumentalist Howard Forman. The duo have released two previous albums, their 1999 self-titled debut and 2000s Into The Groove Age and their latest offering is this years Blood Red.

As with many artists/albums I came across them by complete accident while browsing the web, and after listening to the title track I was intrigued and eager to hear the whole album. What becomes clear on first listen to Blood Red is the amalgamation of different sounds, styles and genres on the album. The album contains everything from pop, rock and country/blues influences to RnB, soul and a little jazz, however the talented duo, along with a few quest musicians, manage to hold it all together and the end product is a very good album.

The second track on the album, ‘Real Love’, recalls late 80s/early 90s power-pop with a good dose of soul, whereas the third track, ‘Temporary Man’, veers off into jazz territory with a lovely down-tempo vocal perfomace from Irene Marc. ‘Chore’ is also vocally and instrumentally on point and sees Irene singing a tale about casual sex and unrequited love. Other highlights include ‘What Did You Think I Would Do’ and the rock/soul fusion of ‘What’s Real’.

Overall the album is very strong album with great live instrumentation that perfectly showcases Irene Marc’s beautiful voice, however I do need to add that in someplaces the power-pop/soft-rock make the album feel a little dated, circa late 80s/early 90s. Don’t let that put you off though, head on over to myspace or preview on iTunes and see what you think.

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