Blues, roots and rock singer Kirsten Thien nearly went into a career in the financial world of Wall Street…fortunately for us, she has laboured (literally) night and day to perform and record and now we get her most recent recording which, lending itself so well to the old vinyl necessity of having an A and B, she has called it Two Sides. So, like me, pretend to turn the vinyl over half way through and immerse yourself in some quality blues.
Take opener, Shoulda Been, which has a delicious acoustic slide that provides the backdrop for Kirsten’s message to those who doubt that a woman can and will achieve; it is also one of the very few places you’ll find a bass guitar solo…and it’s a slide bass solo! It’s genius and I’d buy it just for this. After I Left Home (Song for Buddy Guy) is just that…great vocal and a guitar that pays due reverence to the great man. Bundrick era Free springs to mind with the heavy blues riff that backs the complex and brilliant I Gotta A Man; the guitar interplay is brilliant too and makes this track a regular through my earholes. The Spanish lyrics of Montanas doesn’t work for me although the suitable guitar in the background is worth listening to…and the increase in tempo for the piano and guitar solos nearly makes me stop thinking I’d stumbled on a lost Madonna track and actually enjoy it for what it is. The last two songs return to triumphant blues: resonator led Better Or You’re Gonna Get Burned is a delight and closer, the Leon Russell song, I’d Rather Go Blind conjures up the Freddie King version in a good way and rounds out this relatively short, but as long as the average vinyl album was, with aplomb.
A 4 Doodle Paw album that has so much to enjoy; plenty of tasty guitars and vocals blend into a very strong album.
- Shoulda Been
- Sweet Lost And Found
- After I Left Home (Sing for Buddy)
- Say It Out Loud
- I Gotta Man
- Better Or You’re Gonna
- I’d Rather Go Blind
(iTunes supplied an album I’d nearly forgotten about in my collection – the near operatic rock that came from the Kiske-Somerville pairing for their 2010 album…Silence was the grandiose track I enjoyed this time.)