John Black: Last Forever
John Black (guitar, vocals)
The Soul of Black John (Eclecto Groove 504)
John Black (guitar, vocals),
Adam McDougal (keyboards), Shawn Davis (bass), Jake Najor (drums), Davey Chegwidden (percussion), Kandace Linsey (background vocals), Laura J. Jones (background vocals).
Composed by John Bigham.
Recorded: Hollywood, no date given (CD released in 2009)
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
The opening acoustic slide guitar promises a return to the roots, but as the song progresses a more contemporary flavor emerges. Some of the most fascinating music these days exists at the interstices between styles, and John Black's combination of blues, soul and pop is a case in point. A track that sounds like traditional blues in the intro adopts an old-school Motown groove at the 1-minute mark and never looks back. The rhythm is well crafted, and Black adds a lighthearted twist to his song about broken hearts ("like a bad cell phone" his lady likes to roam). This artist shows promise, and is worth checking out . . . although I'd like to hear a slightly less produced sound (how 'bout just voice and guitar?) on his next release.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia