The Blues Pills are back with their newest release, Holy Moly. Out today via Nuclear Blast Records.
The follow up to their 2016 release, Lady In Gold, this 11 track album will catch the listeners attention from the first track and hold them through the very last. What’s new with this album, their sound is deeper, more fierce and a super funky deep dive into authentic psychedelic rock with lots of soul and blues infused into the music and vocals.
I found myself interested from the start of the vocals on the opening track Proud Woman, but then the funk of the music started and it had me moving around feeling the music. Wondering if the rest of the album was going to feel this way, I wanted to listen and find out and did the Blues Pills deliver!
They have stepped up their sound on this album with power and energy. Each track has this feel to it as though they just let loose and allowed themselves to explode. What it delivered was an intense listening experience that makes the listener want more.
Elin Larsson’s vocals are completely insane on the entire album. One moment there’s a controlled flow of vocals, the next she belts out the most amazing and unleashed sound that you find yourself wondering what you just heard and asking how she does that. This added to the sultry, soulful and rich pitch her vocals are already known for. But with Holy Moly there’s an entirely new listening experience. You can easily hear this on the track California where she just hits the most incredible notes. Larsson’s vocals make me instantly think of artists like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Joan Baez. Her range incorporates many of their styles.
When it comes to the musical elements in this album, there’s a deep feel for the old school sound of this rock style that will make the listeners wonder if they grabbed a classic album instead of an album released in 2020. The rhythm styles mixed with the riffs and how each track arrangement is laid out gives the feel of being back in the 60’s or 70’s. There are also some deep blues riffs and solos that you will want to sink your teeth into and and just absorb the sounds that keeps flowing. I want to say it has a modern infusion, but it’s so authentic I have a hard time with that comparison because it’s hard point it out.
Final thoughts: What I can say about this album is that modern day mixing and mastering improvements from the classic days lends to the polished feel of this album without taking away from the final sound. When the vocals and music are mixed both elements are a perfect fit. I truly enjoyed this experience. It’s not often today that you get something that feels this groovy without feeling a bit fake or unauthentic, but with this album you will get an experience that feels so completely authentic that you just want to enjoy it.
Title: Holy Moly
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 2020-08-21
Best Tracks: California, Wish I’d Known, Low Road