Review of Hard Luck Blues album on Factory Fast Records

Hard Luck Blues compilation

This is a great album with a really good range of styles. The playing is excellent with great drumming and bass giving a solid foundation. Guitar playing is also excellent with both great solos and acoustic playing too. The vocals are also superb, deep and soulful at times, other times more lonesome.
The Celebration Army – Flipside There’s an almost gospel feel to the opening vocals leading into a great distorted blues riff with a more laid back feel to the verse. The vocals are great and suit the sound really well. The chorus ups the feel really well with great harmonies, releasing tension back to the verse. There’s a really nice soulful part before the final chorus which rounds the song out.
The Blue Project – I’ve Changed My Ways A slow blues song with excellent guitar tone for the solo and the vocals are superb, both male and female vocals are soulful and deep. The brass and violin are a great touch, really adding to the sound.
Johnny Hate – Black Sparrows There is a real brooding quality to this song, vocals add to the vibe provided by great drumming, solid bass and really good riffing. The song has nice changes in feel and has a touch of a cinematic sound at times. There are great harmonies to end the song too.
Indus Rush – Cracking Up There’s a great solo to open with and the brass section creates a really nice vibe. In fact the whole song has a great vibe, propelled by solid drumming and bass playing. There’s a kind of call and response feel between the vocals and brass section at times and there’s an excellent solo too.
Andy Zovko – A Thousand Miles Away This song has a great acoustic riff to open with and has a country blues sort of feel. There’s great emotion in the vocals and the song has a great arrangement and is excellently played, there are really nice harmonies and lead guitar parts.
Beneath the Crow – Cold Blooded Eyes This is an uptempo song which has quite a western sounding riff. The song has a great groove through syncopation and some really nice harmonies. Blues harp adds a great element to the song.
Ian Clayton = Kentucky Song This song has great acoustic guitar playing, the vocals have a soft edge with a real lonesome quality. The harmonica is a nice touch and there are great harmonies too.
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