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JJ Grey & Mofro - This river

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Jacksonville singer/songwriter will release 'This river', his seventh album in late June. It's three years since his last album, 'Georgia warhorse', so fans are looking forward to this new release, especially since some of the songs have been played live on his latest tour. JJ Grey says of the new album "Many of the new songs are about being your own worst enemy and about normal folks pushing themselves over the edge". Most of the album was recorded live with the whole band playing in the studio.

It's a really interesting sound. This album is the first time I've listened to JJ Grey & Mofro, so I was expecting more of a Blues/Southern rock album, whereas what you actually get does contain Blues and Southern rock - as well as R&B, Soul and Funk. It sounds like a slightly strange mix but damn it works well - this is superbly good music.

Brief comments on a few tracks..

The album opens with 'Your lady, shes shady', a nice upbeat sounding song with a great funky feel to it

'Someone else' is a superb track - one of my favourites - the trumpet and saxophone work well and the song has quiote a bluesy feel to it, but for me it's the vocals that are the stand out feature. A great song

'Florabama' reminds me at times of some of the better songs by Prince.

It's a really strong album - the blend of styles works so well that it's hard to say what genre any particular song is - they all have elements of multiple genres blended together to form a superbly enjoyable album. An excellent album that's highly recommended.


'This river' will be released on 24th June 2013

Track listing:

1. Your lady, she's shady
2. Someone else
3. Tame a wild one
4. 99 shades of crazy
5. The ballad of Larry Webb
6. Florabama
7. Standing on the edge
8. Write a letter
9. Harp & Drums
10. This river

Writer: Anthony May
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