Artist: Altered Five Blues Band | Album: Cryin' Mercy | Released: 2014 | Label: Omnivibe Records | Catalog #: OVR-0001 | Genre: Blues | Country: USA | Duration: 00:43:29
Their latest release on OmniVibe Records, CryinвЂ™ Mercy, is the next step in the bandвЂ™s evolution. The albumвЂ™s 11 originals clock in at 44 minutes, providing listeners with a inviting pick-me-up for any time they are feeling blue, or just want to have a good time. Tom Hambridge, lends his magic touch as producer, and the album has excellent sound quality, and an airy, dynamic mix that really showcases the roadhouse quality of the music.
Personnel here are: Jeff Schroedl вЂ“ guitar, drummer Scott Schroedl вЂ“ drums, Mark Solveson вЂ“ bass, Jeff Taylor вЂ“ vocals, and Raymond Tevich on keyboards.
The great thing about CryinвЂ™ Mercy is the boundless energy of the band. Another win for listeners is that the material is not polished up real pretty, and while the songs are finished works, they still convey that slightly rough-edged feeling that suits these performances so perfectly. While the entire album is a rousing, fun filled romp, of course, we had our favorite cuts.
The album opener, вЂњDemon Woman,вЂќ is soul tinged goodness with a rock edge and a choice gruff vocal courtesy of Jeff Taylor. вЂњIвЂ™m In DeepвЂќ had us sitting at a stage side table in Texas, spurs on our boots a-jinglingвЂ™ and jangling'. вЂњFind My WingsвЂќ harkens back to the great slow Memphis soul masterpieces of yesteryear.
Other tracks we really enjoyed included вЂњStay Outta My Business,вЂќ which reminded us of the great Tinsley Ellis, and the driving rocker вЂњWhoвЂ™s Your Lover.вЂќ We also liked вЂњUrgent CareвЂќ for its funky, rocking fun. This album is a keeper! Pick up a copy soon.
01. Demon Woman
02. I'm in Deep
03. Find My Wings
04. Stay Outta My Business
05. Counterfeit Lover
06. I Got You
07. Who's Your Lover?
08. Move House
09. Here's Your Hat, What's Your Hurry
10. Urgent Care
11. Back Button