KILBORN ALLEY

Four

2011-03-16

Kilborn Alley was nominated by the BMA in 2007 as Best New Artist. This is their fourth album, with four band members: Andrew Duncanson (vocals, guitar), Josh Stimmel (guitar), Chris Breen (bass), and Ed O’Hara (drums). The band has been described as moving through different components of the blues and Four showcases many sub-genres, although the acoustics are a little boxy. Track 1 “Rent House Boogie” is fast-paced and full of harp with Duncanson yellin’. Track 3 “Couple of Days” is sweet and soulful with its lyrics “you know I’m not the kind of guy who’ll smile when it’s a lie” and “I’ll change my ways for a couple of days.” Track 9 “Sitting on the Bank” rumbles along the rural blues road with stomping good harmonica and “Dressed Up Messed Up” is a be-bop number that recalls that 50s vibe. The last track, “Going Hard,” is a 10 minute slow burn work of art. - Pam VandeKerkhoff

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