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Is It a Lie

by Alex Lopez

A powerful blend of infectious blues and rock from one of modern blue's up and coming artists...
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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1. Can't Hide Your Love
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2. Morning Blues
3:11 $0.99
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3. Sing the Blues
3:23 $0.99
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4. Smile At Me
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5. When Will I See You Again
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6. Cheatin' Blues
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7. I Need to Know
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8. Is It a Lie (Reprise)
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9. Company Man
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10. The Night Is Closing In
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Get ready to get rocked. Alex Lopez's driving blues style is delivered through infectious songs to make this an album you will listen to over and over again. This album features a classic rock sound and the blistering guitar work of this rising blues artist. From the explosive opening track "Can't Hide your Love" to the closing emotional acoustic ballad "The Night is Closing In" every song is a winner. "Sing the Blues" is as classic a blues song as you will hear and "Company Man" is an all-out rocker that will have your body moving. And "Smile at me" is sure to be a hit song you will remember. Alex is a soulful vocalist and his songs have melodies that stay with you like a catchy pop song...and the musicianship on this album is absolutely fantastic. If you want to catch the new sound redefining and stretching the blues, get this album.

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The Muse's muse by Cyrus Rhodes

Is it a lie - Review
This is from the review in Muse's Muse: http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-alexlopez-isitalie.html
The CD wastes no time getting off the ground with “Can’t Hide Your Love”. This song serves up infectious rocked out retro musical ambience served up against mesmerizing vocals, hypnotic Rocked out guitar and driving rock rhythm that confidently leads you by the hand down the path of sizzling musical indulgence. Track 2 keeps things rocking with a slamming “Morning Blues”” This track delivers impressive Rockabilly guitar ambience meshed against rock steady rhythm and inviting melody making for a short and sweet statement. Track 3 “Sing the Blues” is an impressive ditty that is full of impressive vocal flair, and well placed solo guitar that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. By track 3 this CD hits solid stride delivering many impressive songs back to back. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Led Zep, Cream, Albert Collins. I can also hear a slight Foghat, Derek and the Dominos, The Yardbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chet Atkins, Stray Cats, Polecats, Batmobile, Hillbilly Hellcats, Reverend Horton Heat, Carl Perkins, The Quakes and The Meteors. I would classify this music as rocked out 50’s style swing, Rockabilly, Jam Band and classic Americana Rock popular back in the 70’s with a modern day sound that is electrifying. The CD at times presents a hooky grooving melodic ambience via a “short and sweet” musical flow that's so easy to groove to. Besides the four piece standard you will also notice rich layers of impressive Rhythm, Guitar, solo guitar, enticing melodies - all built on a thick as a brick rhythmic foundation. As a vocalist Lopez showcases an impressive and soulful singing skill set. He’s got a good trailing vibrato, power and control. Sometimes he reminds me ironically of a combination of Don Dokken (Dokken) and Dave Pevrett (Foghat). All other members play their parts well and as a whole the band a good "retro” look and sound. Kudos goes out the mind-blowing guitar/voice combo – which make up his core sound. All the musicianship and compositions are pretty solid across the board. Lopez and the gang is clearly letting it all hang out via this latest CD release. All production aspects check out. CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity and a warm and inviting sound. Lopez has an effective baritone and his vocal risk-taking and overall touch behind the microphone are effective. From rock steady “Smile at Me” to Grooving ”When Will I See You Again” to rocking “Cheatin’ Blues” and “I Need to know” toslamming “Company man” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 “The Night Is Closing In” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

All songs under 3 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.

“Is it a Lie” by Alex Lopez is a compelling, rocking, soulful, melodic, musical journey. This surging artist is clearly making waves around NE Ohio. His strong suit is their amazing song for song musical finesse and retro feel. Lopez and the gang gets high marks from me for delivering a soulful rocked out retro release like this, a rarity these day. The songwriting/playing – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. This CD will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want an old school rock n’ soul experience to fill their atmosphere. At the end of the day this straight forward, easy to digest musical format is just a blast to listen and groove to.

Cyrus Rhodes
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Skope musical coverage - William Calarese

Lopez sizzles on guitar
How shall I sum up the sound of Alex Lopez for you? How about kind of ground breaking? While actually sounding like he’s not so over produced like some of the more modern sounding artists out there like John Maher, Lopez sizzles on guitar and manages to capture a sound that is old yet surprisingly fresh all at the same time. Trust me when I say there are legions of old school rock-blues fans waiting for this guy to arrive. Many of these retro tracks sounding surprisingly innovative, which makes up for their somewhat dated influences. From track 1-3 (Can’t Hide Your Love), (Morning Blues) and (Sing the Blues) the album decides to trend towards amazing and serves up 10 amazing tracks in all. All songs will get your blood pumping. All songs will cause you to reflect on your own life experience through the keen wisdom of Lopez’s lyrics. The musicianship from all involved is world class.

In the spirit of musical justice (as I find is severely lacking these days), I gave this latest CD from Lopez a good and proper listen and not only did I not hate it, but I actually kind of fell in love with it, and subsequently his guy in the process. The music therein is a bit more Past-Rock than Modern-Rock so it’s not lackluster as I was expecting. I can hear influences ranging from Delbert McClinton, Gregg Allman, Anders Osborne and the legendary Joe Bonamassa. Maybe even Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmy Barnes and Derek Sherinian. Most of the music is straight up Bluesy-Funk but much of it contains remnants of classic singer/songwriter. It delivers solid intros and outros, good playing and amazing musicianship all around and much in the way of musical angulation. The lyrics aren’t as annoying or sickly as I thought they would be. Vocals and Guitar work by Lopez – incredible as he commands a powerful low tonal registry all the while maintaining impressive vocal mojo and control. As a soloist – incredible. He really knows how to find the groove and let loose behind the microphone and fretboard. Alex Lopez brilliantly meld and blends all of the above together in a starkly unique way. The end result? A new sound with an old classic rocking blues feel.

There are 3 things I really like about Alex Lopez and this latest album “Is It a Lie.” For one I didn’t want to shoot myself with my pen like I do with most recent “poser” Blues Bands I’ve come across lately. No worries there. Two: this CD may be the most good timing, full tilt CD’s I’ve heard this year. Third: Alex Lopez and his band have the courage to write and play music the way they want to. A far cry from the “sell out” corporate puppet show bands the masses are scratching their heads at right now. Whereas 90% of the bands could care less about this approach as they just want to make labels happy. This is one of the most important attributes for me when reviewing music.
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Band Blurb - Judy Rose

A highly anticipated release from a red hot blues player
Is It a Lie by Alex Lopez was released in 2015. A highly anticipated release from a red hot blues player from Florida. The result is a collection of solid Americana gems, with just enough blues roots to keep it honest.

On Is It a Lie expect original heartfelt songs behind slamming guitar playing and accomplished musicians backing him up. This is such a conservative yet amazing and dramatic album what else can I say in the end? This latest CD by Lopez is more than amazing, it’s cut from the cloth as classic blues masters as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Paul McCartney, BB King and Tommy Shannon. It has an almost true blues-journeyman anthem musical quality to it. The intro pieces “Cant Hide Your Love”, “Morning Blues” and “sing the Blues” quickly get things underway smoothly presenting really uplifting, yet emotional charged vocals reminiscent of acts such as Carlos Bertonatti, John Kelley and Eric Hutchinson. All songs present really strong melodies and at times gripping subject matter and real life topics – yet lighthearted nonetheless. It’s also impossible to deny the superiority of this band backing him up as well. True to form Blues I was especially blown away at how all songs drove you naturally towards the chorus with amazing lyrics compatible to the peak. Good playing by Lopez on guitar here as well – very capable soloist and axe-man. The drums and bass lines just help push songs forward, and the vibe if you pay attention carefully has this retro 50’s blues embellishment. As the CD evolves it showcases a really rock steady line up of songs with musical tidbits like solo guitar licks, and smooth rhythm section. In conclusion, here’s an album that quite literally made my day. Pardon me for saying but I get so many boring, un-interesting, overly-forgetful CD’s to review day in and day out. I have been dying to listen to a CD like “Is It a Lie” by Alex Lopez for quite some time now. It’s subliminal, it’s epic, it’ a grand concept that’s sure to get your attention – yet it’s very simple and magical. From the production to the musicians, including the great players to legendary front figure – Alex Lopez delivers in spaded. His live show looks rock solid and all of above shows no weakness of any kind when evaluating Lopez as a real deal talent.

To wrap it up – with the advent of Lopez’ latest CD “Is It a Lie” in the ever evolving realm of music it’s nice to know a guy like Lopez upholds some of the highest standards in pure rocking-blues and thus his musical roots in the process. Recording Artist, Writer, Producer, guitarist, Performer – Alex Lopez – Bravo, I say!
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