Album review: Lowrider's Black Stones
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The second single from Lowrider's Black Stones album 'Golden Sun' is my 2013 song of the year so far, a feel good hit for the impending summer.
Lowrider are a catchy soul, RnB, funk, rock outfit reminiscent of excellent USA band Alabama Shakes. Lowrider have that big blues/soul American vibe but hang out a little closer to home, across the ditch in Adelaide in fact.
These jams will get your toes tapping and your face grinning from ear-to-ear.
Black Stones was recorded and produced in both LA and Adelaide by drummer Paul Bartlett and he has done an amazing job of capturing that warm natural analog retro sound while retaining slick and sharp modern sound production.
The fact that the band hails from the land of kangaroos and crocodiles fills with me with glee because there is a high probability that I'll get to hear this fantastic album played live someday soon. I've heard they tear it up live which always a sign of a quality band in my books.
Black Stones, the band's fourth album, is an excellent road trip companion too that will keep the vibes chilled, faces smiling and heads nodding.
Stand out tracks include 'Days of boredom', 'Golden Sun', 'This City' and 'What happened to you'.
I give this album four out of five stars and I highly recommend it as a solid real music release amongst the plethora of electronic disposable pop that gets manufactured and shoved down our ears on a weekly basis.
Black Stones gets better and better with each listen. Throw another shrimp on the barbie and tune in!
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