CD Review: Kris Barras Band ~ Kris Barras Band

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Kris Barras Band
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True Rock/Blues that springs into action on Never Too Late sums up Kris Barras Band as they deliver a self-titled debut album of eight tracks full of dark emotions and cries of anguish. This is blues with sharp edges the vocals have a rough primeval texture that growls and works around the stinging rhythms and guitar licks that squeal and drive the tracks home. This is a British Blues band that is delivering a modern sound of blues that rocks with control and the knowledge that less is often more as subtle guitar hooks are not left to hang out to fade but picked up and expanded by the vocals that want the lyrics to be heard. Opening with a track driven so that you instinctively turn up the volume as the foot stomping riffs captivate, then sit back to enjoy the rocky road that this band as going to take you on. In Too Deep has a raw energy that defines Rock Blues full of depth of churning beat and a tempo that is racing in time with your heart beat, it is the rhythm section, drummer Jon Perrin and Ricky Mitchell on bass that defines the number. The blues shine through on Watching Over Me and then Rocky Road that has a lightness of touch with a tempo that sis like the bouncing ball highlighting the vocals that Kris delivers crisp and clear with his distinctive rasp and the guitar solo is stinging with musical assertiveness that rocks you to your core and sends electric shivers up your spine. The album has a stinging pace that is never hurried but there is an urgency that gets the adrenalin going with I Don’t Want The Blues puling blues chords into a rocking and rollicking medley of fun as Kris Barras and his band close the album with Crank Up is a track that leaves you immersed in the music and the screaming blues driven rock leaves you knowing you have listened to a debut album where the collective talent of the band has delivered rock blues with interest and you want to hear more from Kris Barras Band.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

1. Never Too Late
2. In Too Deep
3. Watching Over Me
4. Rocky Road
5. Rise
6. It Is What It Is
7. I Don’t Want the Blues
8. Crank Up

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