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DEBORAH BONHAM —SPIRIT (Sound Discs)

 

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1970s styled blues-rock act Deborah Bonham is a hugely accomplished songwriter and performer, the kind of girl that gets your juices going with her uncompromising music. Sister of the late John Bonham, famed drummer with Led Zeppelin she has herself been making music ever since her debut album in 1985 (For You And The Moon). Spirit was originally released in 2014, and like with the aforementioned release and her albums Duchess and The Old Hyde it has been reissued in an enhanced remastered format. As is the case here with a bonus track or two included. Spirit includes all of the material from the original recording sessions, all the tracks on a limited edition pre-release plus an additional, previously unreleased track!     

 

Bonham’s rootsy style of music, the impassioned tone of her stellar lead vocal is a delight to sample. Her honesty and dynamic style is one to savour. Like you would a good malt whiskey. While her connections do her no harm she is not overshadowed by anyone, and when it comes to performing her own material you could not imagine anyone doing a better job. Whether it be Paul Rogers with whom she performed as part of what was a near sold-out FREE Spirit Tour earlier this year or her friend, and mentor Robert Plant (his harmonica work figures on the restless groove formed rocker “What It Feels”) !

 

Mixing blues - rock with hints of soul and country Americana Bonham eases across the spectrum seamlessly, and with her excellent songwriting Spirit is as dynamic as it is accomplished. On the songwriting front there's co-writes with band members Pete Bullick (guitars, mandolin), Gerard Louis (keyboards) and Ian Rowley (bass guitar) plus those with Hogg and Sessler and three solo written tunes; “Take Me Down”, “My Life” and as she looks outside her comfort zone, “Killing Fields”.

 

“Killing Fields” is an impassioned affair, and it has a familiar feel to it. Her vocals, especially on the less fiery moments lend something special. While smooth runner “Take Me Down” lends itself to easier listening, this as hints of Americana country complete with a southern ambiance rears. Once again she does an excellent job. Boys from the 1970s southern rock scene would certainly approve of her work! Others of note include smouldering ballad “Bring Out The Joy” , and there’s more slow burners. Radio friendly “I Won’t Let You Down” speaks of her virtues in a relationship, and of how she pleads with him to open his heart, step back a little and give love the opportunity to mature. I have yet to see her live, after hearing this album I am certainly tempted. 

 

                                                Maurice Hope           

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1
John Prine
67 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
JJC,MB,SP,RM
2
Levi Parham
58 pts.
It's All Good
Continental Records
CRS,JB,TK
3
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
55 pts.
Texas, etc...
DollyRocker
HDB,CVL,DHO
4
Michael McDermott
54 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
JDO,LK,BK
5
Sam Morrow
48 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
MA,JBO,HB
6
Caleb Caudle
39 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
7
Western Centuries
36 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
MF
8
Carter Sampson
34 pts.
Lucky
Continental Song City
 
9
Charley Crockett
30 pts.
Lonesome as a Shadow
Son of Davy/30 Tigers
 
10
Courtney Marie Andrews
28 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
JV
11
Ed Romanoff
27 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
 
 
Joan Baez
27 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
HD
 
Pharis and Jason Romero
27 pts.
Sweet Old Religion
Lula Records
SZ,LM
14
Gretchen Peters
24 pts.
Dancing With The Beast
Proper Records
KG
 
Old Crow Medicine Show
24 pts.
Volunteer
Columbia Records
GF
 
Will Stewart
24 pts.
County Seat
Cornelius Chapel Records
 
17
Ben Reel
22 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
GC,FC
 
Birds Of Chicago
22 pts.
Love In Wartime
Signature Sounds
 
 
Emily Herring
22 pts.
Gliding
Eight 30 Records
RST,RH
20
Jenny van West
21 pts.
Happiness To Burn
Independent
PJ,FS,JJ
 
Mary Gauthier
21 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
 
22
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
20 pts.
Years
Bloodshot Records
FCE
23
David Starr
19 pts.
South And East
Independent
HM
24
Cold Tone Harvest
18 pts.
After You
Independent
 
25
Grant Peeples
17 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
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