Groove Kings start off their latest release â€œBlood Redâ€ in a way that will ensure that fans will remember the band long after the discâ€™s final track, â€œWhatâ€™s Realâ€, finishes up. This introductory (and titular track) shows a band that is confident in the instrumental side of their music. When the vocals do enter into the equation, they add not only another dimension to the bandâ€™s music but further the intricacies and approaches taken by the instruments. The set of influences that ultimately enter into the bandâ€™s unique equation is eclectic to say the least; a quick perusal of â€œBlood Redâ€ turns up hints of Heart, Alannah Miles, and even a hint of Stevie Nicks and The Eagles.
â€œReal Loveâ€ is an incredibly energetic track that will have listeners singing along only after one listen; the trackâ€™s appeal spans the course of decades, ensuring that fans of eighties, nineties, or current music will find something that they can highly appreciate. â€œTemporary Manâ€ ties together funk, soul and R&B to the bandâ€™s rock foundation; what results is something airy, sultry, and represents yet another single worthy track for the Groove Kings.
â€œChoreâ€ is the track that will test the bandâ€™s allure; at five and a half minute, the band does not show the slightest strains or stress. In fact, the touches of blues that are present here benefit greatly from the additional time that the band gives for the germination of this sound. â€œIâ€™m the Rainâ€ is a track that shows that Groove Kings will not settle into one specific style; there is a very early sixties feel to this track that would seem odd if anyone else attempted it, but works on â€œBlood Redâ€ because Groove Kings are just that good.
As the disc begins to wind down with tracks like â€œBury Meâ€ and â€œSo Real to Meâ€, listeners will be further converted into fans, ensuring that there will be ample attendance at any live performances and countless copies of â€œBlood Redâ€ (and future releases) flying off the shelves. Groove Kings are simultaneously cutting edge and approachable; each track on this album could (and should) make it onto rotation throughout the United States and abroad.
Top Tracks: Temporary Man, Bury Me
Groove Kings â€“ Blood Red / 2009 Visual Music / 10 Tracks / http://www.groovekings.ca