Album Review: Blues Pills – Lady In Gold – Live In Paris

Blues Pills Lady In GoldBlues Pills – Lady In Gold – Live In Paris

Release Date: 3rd November 2017

Producer: Don Alsterberg

Swedish blues rock band Blues Pills’ most recent album Lady In Gold – Live in Paris is an eclectic mix of hard rock with blues rock and a dash of the psychedelic all bundled up into one.

The first track, Lady In Gold, is one of five music video singles on the album and gives an all-rounder overview of what’s in store with the album. Elin Larsson’s strong and soulful vocals give a strong emphasis of the band’s hard rock nature whilst the instrumental provides more homage to the blues rock. Musically, the band has audible influences of the likes of Fleetwood Mac whilst Larsson’s vocals are reminiscent of Aretha Franklin.

The catchy riffs of the next track Little Boy Preacher give the song a more hard rock vibe which is subdued nicely by a gentle twinkling in the background. Then it’s the fourth track Won’t Go Back that finally packs the punch with its more rock’n roll sound as opposed to the more chill sound from previously in the album.

However, it’s Black Smoke where Blues Pills really do excel themselves and show they are a band worth watching. With a greater emphasis on the instrumental, this song is hard-hitting and you can feel the energy and atmosphere of the live audience resonating through your speakers in a world-class track. The impressive riffs Dorian Sorriaux and Rickard Nygren play complement Larsson’s beautiful voice in a mesmerising blend of the heavy and the psychedelic. This sound is then carried forward into the next track Bliss which is also met with a newly-prominent bass line by Zack Anderson and a much stronger drum beat too, courtesy of André Kvarnström.

As the album progresses towards the final third, the psychedelic soul returns with a renewed vigour in songs like I Felt A Change.

Overall, Lady In Gold – Live In Paris is a solid album with some amazing songs which truly demonstrate Blues Pills’ potential as a band. The middle of the album is lacking in some of the depth and beauty of the other tracks, but the first third of the album has a real kick and the final third ends on a real high of soulful pazazz. Ultimately, this album does hold a lot of really impressive songs which you’d be foolish not to check out.


Rating: 7/10

Recommended Track: Black Smoke

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Like what you hear? Blues Pills are also on tour in the UK and Sweden later this year:

08.11. UK Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
09.11. UK Edinburgh – Queen’s Hall
10.11. UK Warrington – Parr Hall
12.11. UK Hull – University of Hull
14.11. UK Middlesbrough – Empire
15.11. UK Sheffield – O2 Academy
16.11. UK Leicester – O2 Academy
18.11. UK Cambridge – The Junction
19.11. UK Portsmouth – Pyramids

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