Blues Pills
Blues Pills


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (156 Reviews)
August 8th, 2014 | 29 replies


Release Date: 07/25/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With a sound as effective as this, you don't need blues pills to enjoy.

One of the more convincing arguments which many self-proclaimed “metalheads” tend to bring about is how no matter which band is your favourite, everyone should always go to the source, the roots of the ever-growing tree that is metal. Sure, the same goes for just about any other musical style, but metal is one such style which actually proves to be quite divisive among its worldwide fan-base. If you were to ask Sweden's Blues Pills however, blues would be the most common source for heavy metal itself. You can practically guess that from the band's name, and the self-titled debut album seems to have convincingly brought the 60s groove back to life.

Disagree with that last sentence if you will, but albums like Blues Pills were always intended to bring that retro vibe into the 21st Century, where blues rock just doesn't seem as prominent as it was five decades ago. With all ten tracks of the self-titled debut album, Blues Pills manage to make their bluesy, slightly psychadelic sound all the more convincing to the casual listener, and consistency is definitely the one thing which holds it all together. The most well known song off the album is undoubtedly opener “High Class Woman”, and proves to be one of the grooviest rock songs of recent times with Larsson's strong, soulful vocal delivery and the prominent rhythm section. Yet what makes “High Class Woman” so effective is the co-operation of all four band members. With the likes of “Jupiter” and the shorter but snappier “Devil Man”, the instrumental performance produces an engaging, well-executed sound which features powerful drum rhythms and a nicely audible bass, Larsson's strong vocal range proving to be the icing on the cake.

Blues Pills lose the momentum slightly with the slower, moodier “River” and “No Hope left for Me”, but even then the retro vibe manages to make up for it. The musicianship in this respect is versatile and thankfully there isn't too much repetition. Though the songs themselves never seem to appear too complex or confusing to the listener, the brief psychadelic interludes in the evocative “Black Smoke” and throughout most of “Jupiter” do offer mesmerizing rhythms, before hitting you hard with the heavier, blues-inspired sound covering most of the album. Yet it all comes down to how concise and cohesive the production, song structure and musicianship is. The production works well in the sense that you are effectively listening to a sound reminiscent of the 60s blues rock, and for forty or so minutes it's almost as if you've travelled in a time machine.

This is essentially why Blues Pills comes across as the work of a band who have put so much effort into producing something reminiscent of the past, because although the chosen musical style doesn't suit everyone's tastes, it still brings the best out of a genre and time period without becoming a mere copycat. That said, the self titled debut album makes for a promising evolutionary start to Blues Pills' hopefully long-winded career.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2014


1917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album stream:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phva9It_JHg

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ExplosiveOranges
August 8th 2014


3628 Comments


Great review, Rob. You've been pumping them out more frequently over the past few days. Not that I'm complaining.

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InFlamesWeThrash666
August 8th 2014


1424 Comments


Thanks for reminding me to check this album. Nice review as well

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manosg
August 8th 2014


6527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good to see this one reviewed. Cool review as always Robert.

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2014


7432 Comments


This is a good album. Solid review as always, Rob.

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ksoflas
August 8th 2014


442 Comments


Cool review for a cool album.



Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2014


6278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

Good to see you writing a review for this album Robert, will read it asap.

Edit: excellent review, mindpos.



I haven't listened to the album as much as I should and this is partly due to the fact that half of the album consists of tracks already featured in the three previous Blues Pills EPs.

Of course, the arrangements in these songs are slightly altered with respect to their first versions, still it's kind of odd to listen to them again, especially in a full-length album which should make - give or take - for a different affair with respect to previous work, material-wise and style-wise.

The above being said, if this album signifies a first contact with the band, then it will be a blast, but for everyone who is aware of the EPs - like yours truly - the album's impact will be less pronounced.

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manosg
August 8th 2014


6527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album closer Little Sun, live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_aF-J5PXBg

Great stuff these blues.

ExplosiveOranges
August 8th 2014


3628 Comments


2 Robert features at once? Aw snap.

Eons
August 8th 2014


482 Comments


I hate retro stuff.

wwf
August 8th 2014


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

**** retro anything but wow that's a great album art, will check this out

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2014


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album, working on my own review : )

InbredJed
August 9th 2014


6101 Comments


woah, getting this!

Antonius
August 9th 2014


245 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Very nice review man

emester
August 9th 2014


4228 Comments


Love that album art

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Anthracks
August 9th 2014


3774 Comments


couldn't make it through one song of this. terrrible

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marcosmce
August 9th 2014


116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review dude. That vocalist sounds exactly the same live. Powerful voice, great to listen to this.

Mad.
August 9th 2014


4065 Comments


Awesome review, been waiting for this album. I know it'll be a killer

AcidCaravan
August 10th 2014


275 Comments


Interesting...I'll check 'em out. The album cover reminded me of "Supernatural Fairy Tales", an old album by an obscure british psychedelic-blues band from the late '60's called ART...

psandy
August 10th 2014


75 Comments


@Antrhacks 40% death metal pie chart lol



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