The long awaited second album of one of the most exotic sensations in the blues / retro rock catalogue these days, Blues Pills “Lady in Gold” is finally out, after their successful self-titled debut. This new record it’s the first with a new drummer André Kvarnström,and the concept behind it in the vocalist and co-songwriter Elin Larsson words is: “Lady Gold is a character who symbolizes death.
We wanted a twist on the typical stereotype of death being the grim reaper. So instead we made her a lady in gold”. The production role was in the hands of Don Alsterberg, who worked with the band before, and we can hear that in the songs that this winning team has delivered one of the nicest surprises of this year.
“Lady in Gold” is an instant classic of the band at the first hearing, with a chorus so groovy and smooth that will make the listener dance just like magic. All the influences from the 70’s and those catchy melodic hooks from the 60’s are perfectly balanced, in a very organic exercise of how blues rock should sound, as we’ll hear in songs like “Little Boy Preacher”, “Gone So Long”, “Bad Talkers”, “Won’t Go Back”, “Rejection” and the stunning melancholic ballad “I Felt a Change”.
One of the things that we’ll instantly hearis that Elin’s vocals explore a lot of territories (funk, blues, gospel, etc.), within the great keyboard’s work of Rickard Nygren,and thanks to that, we have here a very diverse record,with such soul and passion, that eventhe spiritsof Janis Joplin and Grace Slickcome out to fly around, and play with the emotions from those melodic lines that she so well deliver.
Along with thesoaked in swooshing and fuzzing vibes that give a nice psych warmth to the record, thecomposition of Dorian Sorriaux on guitars, and Zach Anderson on bass, make thatwarm touch flow really well in the listener’s ears, until the last song “Elements And Things”.