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This took me a few plays to get a handle on it. Kings & Associates are an Australian five piece band (out of Adelaide), playing rock music that is certainly strongly blues-rooted - the press blurb refers to it as “Neo-blues”, which probably fits as well as anything. Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, the album isn’t quite blues-rock though (but one or two tracks might fit that description – try ‘Truth Be Told’), but then many tracks have notable soul elements, and ‘Charlie B’ has a supercharged funk rhythm; and some just don’t fit neatly into any category – listen to ‘Evergreen (Better Days), or ‘Peace X Peace’, with its breathy vocal by the very flexible singer Angela Portolesi, though it does take on a gospel flavour and fervour towards the end – and most of the slower tracks here build to a crescendo (most obviously on ‘Pabla’s Grace’). Towards the end of the album, ‘God Bless Mamma’ has a jazzy, country feel (with Eleanor Masterson on fiddle) and the live recording ‘Tales Of A Rich Man’ rides an acoustic blues guitar backing – but then this isn’t a roots rock album either. I have said a lot about what this isn’t, so please be assured that it is very listenable and enjoyable.
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