Blues Engine are on the Right Blues Tracks

Blues Engine are on the Right Blues Tracks

Blues Engine are on the Right Blues Tracks

 

 

Second albums are always a difficult journey to take. Following on From Quick & Dirty; Blues Engine  are on the right Blues Tracks with number two. Tracks definitely consolidates this London-based band Blues credential

Opening with a measured soulfully melodic Drop Dead Ugly, the reverse of what the title may have suggested, definitely gentle rather than dirty blues.  As you step on board the eleven musical detours the Blues Engine are taking us on Tracks. The vocals of Katya Chernyakova are full of luscious textures that are reflected back by the considered guitar work of Alex Cooray. The juxta positioning of crisp and soft, sweet and sour are a signature of Blues Engine giving the blues a contemporary edge whilst still full of tradition. The ten originals and a single cover keeps you entertained and engaged as the Tracks widen out with Gunnysack John, harder edge faster tempo and juicy harp from guest Nick Payne. It is the rhythm section that keeps this ditty on the right track curling towards its destination with beat that is sustained and clear the combination of new drummer Hamish Burchell & bassist Alexander K Liutai. The tracks meander with a gentle flow of the blues picking up a Latino vibe on Lonely By Your Side full of warmth, the quartet are having fun exploring the tempos that mix up the blues. Opening with deep rumbling bass Boatman’s Blues takes us down the river with Alex on guitar raising the tone and Katya hitting the mid-range this is a sad song full of blues wistfulness.

Closing out with their version of Jimmy Cox’s Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out; leaving you with blues chiming as the sound fades. Having reached the end one track resonates as the star it is a Peter Green infused, British Blues number Tell Me A Riddle. Slow, thoughtful, melodies that suit the tonal range of Blues Engine.

What stops this album being outstanding is difficult to pinpoint. Every track is true to the sound Blues Engine creates. It is an album you would return to and smile and joy the sharp blues of Tracks that glint like well-cut Sapphire, reflecting out and beyond the scope of electric blues.  Missing, it is a cutting edge, the dirty tones of blues and stories that really shout for attention. That said Tracks certainly never goes off the rails under the hands of Blues Engine.

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Drop Dead Ugly
  2. Mamma Don’t Know
  3. Gunnysack John
  4. Tell Me A Riddle
  5. Lonely By Your Side
  6. House On The Hill
  7. Boatman’s Blues
  8. I Ain’t Sorry (And I’d Do It Again)
  9. Spellbound
  10. Keep Lovin’ (‘Til The Love Runs Out)
  11. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

Blues Engine are on the Right Blues Tracks

 

 

 

 

CD Review: Blues Engine ~ The Quick and The Dirty

7713228Blues Engine
The Quick and The Dirty
Independent

The Quick and The Dirty has the engine steamed up with the blues and is driven along by a generous helping of funk, soul and musicality. Blues Engine work together in harmony building on the talents of guitarist Alex Cooray play that is supported by a rhythm section that hits the groove spot thanks to bassist Alex Liutai and drummer Ovais Hai. Adding to the sweet mix is the deep down bluesy vocals from Katya Chernyakova who adds some mean piano licks to uplift the tracks with an additional tone and texture.
Opening with Runaway Blues; this is no stereotypical blues track about trains the beat is fresh and contemporary while firmly grounded in electric blues with rootsy overtones. The guitar intro is stripped back and melodic on For A Breath I Tarry as the piano joins the party the tempo is given a feeling of determination as the rhythm section joins the party, as you wonder if this is an instrumental Katya’s vocals cuts across the music with words that meld into the mix with their simplicity of form and style. The lead-in is a simply guitar and the driving beat of the drum and the vocals curl above them with an upbeat almost a dance tempo because there is The Devil Is Dancing on the Roof; this starts a trio of tracks that ground and shape the album; Long Gone has a lyrical feel it is the words that have the stage and every instrument plays second line to Katya; there is a feel of something emotionally immense about this slightly broody and heavier track. Then the lightness of this optimistic almost bubbly track the light after the Long Gone; This Little Heart makes you smile and want to clap along. As the album draws to a close there is a country, western feel to Alex’s guitar on Hold On and then it is the closing track Valentine; back to the blues done Blues Engine style. The Quick and the Dirty is a debut album that sets the mark high for this young band; with a deep understanding of the blues and a quirky, modern twist added to the mix. Blues Engine are one to watch as their style develops and matures.

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

Track Listing

Blues Engine– The Quick and the Dirty – Independent

1. Runaway Blues
2. Empty Pockets
3. For A Breath I Tarry
4. Danse Macabre
5. The Devil Dancing on the Roof
6. Long Gone
7. This Little Heart
8. Tumbledown
9. What you Gonna Do?
10. Hold Out
11. Hush Your Mouth
12. Valentine