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Drinkers Lament

by Blind Lemon

It's collection of dark, diverse, drama filled blues songs with an edge. The approach to harp on this album is to make the harmonica a truly electric phenomenon. guitar, harp and voice to give one overall
Genre: Blues: Harmonica Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stick Around Town
3:13 $1.50
2. Drinkers Lament
5:58 $1.50
3. Sugar Box
3:31 $1.50
4. T-Bird Shuffle
4:28 $1.50
5. She Gone Left Me
3:23 $1.50
6. Sideswipe
4:12 $1.50
7. Little Girl
4:25 $1.50
8. What's Not There
3:42 $1.50
9. High and Dry
3:03 $1.50
10. Leave You Crying (ycw)
5:32 $1.50
11. Shadows
4:40 $1.50
12. *******
5:35 $1.50
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Album Notes
"The tracks on this CD are darker, edgier and they encompass all the drama and energy that is so evident in Blind Lemon’s
live performances". Cath Butler-Vice President of Blues Association of South East Queensland (BASEQ)

Blind Lemon with an edge -

CD review by Mike Freeman

I should give up trying to categorize music into genres and sub-genres. It's a fruitless exercise. But do try out the latest from Blind Lemon and see if you can categorize it for yourself. Entitled "Drinkers' Lament", this is a genre all by itself - a
statement from Blind lemon and a new signature sound invented all by themselves. Someone passing by when I was writing this said "it's got a blues foundation with a diverse edge". Not a bad description actually. It's the edge that makes this CD.

Take the opener, "Stick Around Town". This could be something from the time (do you remember?) when life was misty and mercurial, and the devil was young and strutting the stage and crooning. But it's not, this is a Blind Lemon statement, 2010.

All tracks on this album were written by Blind Lemon as a band. That's Jamie Symons on harmonica and vocals, Harvey on guitar, Dave Griffiths on bass and Cvitan Barac on drums. This is their statement.

A lot of this is Jamie Symons speaking his mind, crafting and delivering the lyrics. Rhythmic, fluid tribal harmonica and vocals approaching the gravelly. The approach to harping on this album is to make the harmonica a truly electric phenomenon, at times blindingly fast. Melding and mirroring guitar, harp and voice to give one overall sound feeling. There are a number of times when Harvey and Jamie are playing exactly the same thing. There's some dark stuff along with the light on this album but it is a statement of four guys that have become very comfortable with each others' styles
and capabilities. It flows.

Now I have a suspicion that the second track(Drinker's Lament) is a very slow polka. But there's no doubt that this is the
lament. It has harmonic minors straight out of the smokiest bar in Eastern Europe. The title track has some extremely soulful harmonica from Jamie and some heavily accented rhythm from Dave and Cvitan, with Harvey adding entrancing and malleable guitar to keep everyone on their toes. I love this song, but maybe that says something about my own habits! Needless to say the subject of the song doesn't fare too well in the final analysis. This is the drinkers lament and it's one of the darker phrases in the statement.

But there's sweetness and light on this CD too. Take the wistful instrumental "Sideswipe", led by Harvey and Jamie mirroring each other to a T, but still able to squeeze some nice harmonic counterpoint between harp and guitar in an airy soaring track. This is also the edge. Very sweet harp here and cool clear guitar. Tumbling drums and cymbals and understated bass lines. And an excellent finish.

And take "Little Girl"" which opens with hoe down harp straight out of the Appalachians and some lovely Swee' Pee offerings from a little girl. Just an upfront statement. And then it snaps into a slowly building ballad - probably the straightest vocals on the CD. And some of the straightest purest longest sounding tones from the harmonica too. Delightful. I won't say more about this generous eleven song offering, except to say the mix by Beachy Wild is good, the front cover drinker from Kitty Horton says it all and oh yes, there's an Easter egg on this CD. You are just going to have to listen to it all for yourself.



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