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Tick Tock

by Stinging Blades

Soulful and heartfelt roots rock without cliches
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Here to Play
3:33 $0.99
2. Sarah Sandwich Queen
4:19 $0.99
3. Your Mind's Messed Up
4:18 $0.99
4. Enchanted
2:58 $0.99
5. Dr. Jelly Roll
4:36 $0.99
6. Allison's Barbeque
3:22 $0.99
7. Fullness of Time
3:56 $0.99
8. Whitfield Mozingo
3:34 $0.99
9. Hard Times on the Farm
3:37 $0.99
10. Whisky Drinkin' Man
6:31 $0.99
11. Marchin' to the Front Line
4:17 $0.99
12. Hammer and Nail
3:50 $0.99
13. Canyon Land
4:23 $0.99
14. Blues for Dave
3:28 $0.99
15. Touch and Go
4:33 $0.99
16. Churnin' Up Trouble
5:29 $0.99
17. Park It
3:53 $0.99
18. Tempting Time
3:48 $0.99
19. Winding Timeless
4:21 $0.99
20. Here to Play (Reprise)
1:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
On their new double CD “Tick Tock,” the Stinging Blades follow through on the promise of the opening song “Here to Play,” as they “Let the music travel far and wide; Might even push it to the other side: Let it rock and let it roll.” Indeed, the musical stylings vary widely, from good old rock ‘n roll to hard blues to soul, and even to songs infused with flavors of gospel, Latin, New Orleans, island, beach, psychedelia, and pop/jangle, all the while retaining the Blades’ distinctive sound. As is evident from the titles of several songs and of the CD itself, time is a pervading theme, from recognition of the passing of time and a growing sense of mortality (“Fullness of Time,” “Marchin’ to the Front Line,” “Touch and Go,” “Tempting Time,” “Winding Timeless”) to special moments in time remembered (“Canyon Land,” “Park It,” “Blues for Dave”). As on their other CDs, the songs also capture vignettes of some pretty wild characters (“Dr. Jelly Roll” and “Whitfield Mozingo”) and of favorite foods, restaurants, and bars (“Sarah Sandwich Queen,” “Allison’s Barbeque”). And what Blades album would be complete without a protest song, in this case “Hammer and Nail,” where they give a starkly dim view of the changes wrought by the political changeover in NC.

Musically, the Blades have never sounded better, with new members George “Steady Rock” Hindenach (percussion), Chuck “Goove Nailer” Taylor (bass), and Lindsay “Big L” Rosebrock (keys) helping take things to a higher level. As always, Joe Bell’s vocals lead the way, from the guttural, Down East NC growl on “Whitfield Mozingo,” to the soul drenched “Fullness of Time,” some hard drinking, Chicago-style blues confessin’ on “Whisky Drinkin’ Man,” and a vocal on “Winding Timeless” that critic Grant Britt [No Depression] has described as “Roy Orbison wailing Van Morrison lyrics operatically over Tom Petty’s guitar”. Bell plays some fine harmonica too in his own unique style, ranging from ripping and wailing on “Your Mind’s Messed Up” and “Whiskey Drinkin’ Man” to downright contemplative on “Canyon Land.” Dick MacPhail and Bill McCarthy always keep the guitar parts interesting, with finely honed, interlocking rhythm parts, and contrasting but complementary solo styles. Check out the intricate way the guitars interweave throughout “Enchanted,” where MacPhail also adds a singing George Harrison-like slide solo. Or the wild ride of McCarthy’s over-the-top guitar rant at the end of “Churnin’ Up Trouble.” Or their back-to-back, Hendrix meets Harrison solos on the psychedelic “Tempting Time.” Rosebrock’s piano and organ playing brings a new color to the Blades, providing just the right kind of Johnny Johnson inspired ivory pounding to “Sara Sandwich Queen,” blues piano tinkling al a Otis Spann on “Whisky Drinkin’ Man,” and a Wurlitzer solo worthy of Steely Dan on “Blues for Dave.” All the while, “Chuck and George hold the bottom down” as the lyrics go, providing both a steady drive and finesse. Check out the second-line snare work on “Dr. Jellyroll,” the Little Feat-like rhythmic bounce on “Churning up Trouble,” the island feel and pace of “Canyon Land,” and the Mitch Mitchell-Noel Redding lock of bass and drums on “Tempting Time.” And with the terrific design from Jerry Joiner, including a booklet of lyrics, the album package is almost as fun to look as it is to hear. It’s no wonder that Grant Britt has called “Tick Tock” the Blades’ “masterpiece.” So order up a copy and join the Blades in a musical adventure as they “Let it rock and let it roll.”



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