Erja Lyytinen Exciting Blues Ensures Listeners Stolen Hearts
The release of her tenth studio album, Stolen Hearts, follows on from two critically claimed albums, Live in London and her tribute to Elmore James, her last studio album, The Sky Is Crying. The eleven track album has been lovingly created with production that is cooking the wondrous talent that is Erja Lyytinen. Recorded in two countries firstly in Helsinki at Sonic Pump Studios, then London where Chris Kinsey has used his breathtaking skills at State of the Ark Studios a hone Stolen Hearts into a standout album. Creating a blues-rock infused album full of textures, tones and another side of Erja’s immense musical talents to make acquaintance with on Stolen Hearts.
Stolen Hearts, will steal your musical soul, Erja has stretched her wings they shimmer with the blues and more. The album is confident, not looking over one shoulder to Blues music of the past but singing into the unknown as the album explores a wider range of tones. A crossover album striding across genres pushing them aside, making the music accessible to lovers of singers who sing powerful songs with gut-wrenching twisted guitar and deep and moody rhythms. Having listened to the album a number of times it grows and grows as new nuances are heard, different lines of lyric pop out and connect.
Every track is different some are stronger but none are weak. My thoughts on a handful the rest I leave for you to explore and describe in your own words. Opening with the title track, a gentle intro that picks up as a backdrop of percussive grooves for Erja’s vocals to rule as queen of the stolen heart. The edgy lyrics of a man-eater portrayed by a women who has the band at her fingertips and the guitar’s six-strings bend to her will on solos that create the landscape of the opening track. Laying down the intent this is an album that is another step in Erja’s journey as she weaves her spell over the blues of every hue. Second track in and we have a rocking good time tempo, redolent of Led Zeppelin but one-hundred percent Lyytinen. The bass acts as the Rocking Chair going back and forth as the seven verses unfold. The gripping speed and urgency reflects the lyrics about personal growth, how we should find peace and pride with what we have done and reflect in our Rocking Chair.
Co-written with guitarist Alan Darby, a single from the album, 24 Angels has deep melodies and breathy delivery as she flirts with the mic. Radio play should be a certainty with a track that fuses lyrics and vocals that allow the guitar to fly with the angels as we are lifted up with blues fuelled adrenalin.
Half way through you are as the listener pulsating with the energy power and poetry of Stolen Hearts. With a deep blue driving rhythm, Black Ocean is full of heavy riffs, solid repeated unchanging like waves crashing against a granite cliff. We know it is dangerous but we have to listen to Black Ocean with a Prog Rock feel, but never inaccessible. This is progressive-blues Lyytinen style. The keys add a soothing texture and the twin guitars add layers of sound that never overpower the lyrics and Erja’s vocals unless it is the emotional tension within the guitar solo.
The dreamy tempo of keys and guitars of Silver Stones, cooling the album down with melodies that etheral showing a vulnerability as the lyrics explore the pain of mental health and fantasy worlds we create and get lost in. The album explores human experiences and is up-tempo and reflective, we have rock and slow blues, slide guitar all mixed so that each track flows and showcases the depths of Erja Lyytinen’s deep luminescent talent. Closing with a slow acoustic feeling number Broken Eyes a song for piano and vocals. The power of the two create a love song we have all experienced. The only answer as the last notes fade is listen and explore Stolen Hearts again. Why? Stolen Hearts is an album of musical maturity that will remain a firm favourite for years to come in collections of lovers of contemporary blues without boundaries.
TEN doodle paws out of TEN ….
- Stolen Hearts
- Rocking Chair
- Love Laboratory
- 24 Angels
- Black Ocean
- Slowly Burning
- Lovers Novels
- Silver Stones
- City of Angels
- Broken Eyes
ERJA LYYTINEN – UK TOUR DATES APRIL 2017
Square & Compass, Ilminster – Sunday 9th April 2017 – Box Office – 01823 480 467
The 100 Club – Tuesday 11th April 2017 Record Release Party – WeGotTickets.com
Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion – Wednesday 12th April SeeTickets.com and Ents24
Durham Gala Theatre, Durham – Thursday 13th April 2017 Durham Gala Theatre
HRH – Blues Festival, O2 Academy Sheffield – Saturday 15th April 2017 HRHBlues
Booked your tickets now listen to 24 Angels from the forthcoming album Stolen Hearts