Power of Metal.dk Review

Blues Pills
Blues Pills
Style: Blues Rock
Release date: 25 July, 2014
Playing time: 42:50

So nice we reviewed it twice. What a debut. This is so refreshingly good. It is easily one of the best albums I have heard this year.

A voice that rivals Janis Joplin in places, and such well thought out lyrics matched with such finesse to the music behind it to really hit the listener hard. You can so easily put yourself in the place that the music is trying to take you. I have very rarely had my imagination so effectively sparked by new music in recent years. This is so good. What a travesty that I missed them at Hellfest earlier this year.

It isn't just music. They've got stories. The antagonising, worn-out and ultimately defeating journey that the protagonist of 'River' is led on is perhaps the best example of this, and when listening to 'Astralplane' the anguish and anger in the voice of Erin Larsson desperately wanting to be taken ANYWHERE else is something I think anyone could relate to. Who doesn't crave for that at some stage in their life? Very, very few of us I suspect.

'Jupiter' has a more psychedelic, early 70s funk feel to it. 'Gypsy' has a similar vibe, just faster, but the lyrics are an interesting view into what the essence of being a gypsy might be, and the fact that the stereotype or negative connotations people attach to such a lifestyle don't matter. I have never heard the phrase 'I don't give a damn' sang with such conviction before.

The guitar tones are very reminiscent of Peter Greene era Fleetwood Mac. Particularly in the slower parts, and that's a lovely touch, but it's not to say they're not being original. Blues Pills are, as I rarely have the pleasure of saying, a band that know how to use their influences effectively to create a unique sound. They don't copy - they use inspiration in the most creative way possible and then hi-jack your emotions and imagination.


01. High Class Woman
Ain't No Change
Black Smoke
No Hope Left For Me
Devil Man
Little Sun
Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Matt Fabi
Date: 2 November, 2014
Website: www.bluespills.com