Train: Collectors edition audiophile CD with eight page art/lyrics insert
Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
Over the last 3 years I have averaged 165 CD's a year sent to me for review and/or other forms of promo and out of all of those yearly received CD's I add around a half dozen or so to my library of music that I consistently go to when I am looking for a really good CD to listen to, with Solomon King's April 2013 release "Train" being the latest addition.
For Solomon's previous release I wrote, "A Hauntingly Exquisite interpretation of the Blues is perhaps the best way I can describe Solomons King's brilliant new release, "Medicine". With a voice that sounds like a cross between Mark Knopfler and Johnny Cash, GRAMMY® Nominated Blues artist Solomon King has released one of the better Albums yet in 2011." That being said, after listening to Solomon's newest release "Train", I must once again put his music into a category for which the term brilliant is first and foremost.
For the music on "Medicine", I found it "not overly uplifting", yet for me it was totally addictive in nature. For "Train", I found the totally addictive part was still there, but this time around I also found the music to be completely uplifting, as if a whole new artist has metamorphized since his last project. The fact is, when I started listening to "Train", I was very surprised at his apparent turn in direction, with this one, for the most part, being a full ahead grinder of a Blues Rock album, as apposed to the more stripped down Blues/Roots/Americana feel I got from "Medicine". "Train" consists of 9 Tracks, 1 shorter than on "Medicine" and is also not an overly long album clocking in at around 31 minutes, yet it is truly packed with great tunes from beginning to end and therefore has a feeling that it is quite a bit longer than it is. Once again Solomon King shows us his song writing prowess with solely writing all of the songs on "Train".
For the performers on "Train", Solomon King in creating a new sound, also used completely new artists which really pumped up the volume on this album, especially with the addition of 4 Background Vocalists.
For my favorites on "Train" I chose, Track 1 "Baby Does Me Good", Track 3 "Coffee Song" and Track 6 "Country Song", which for me were a bit more enjoyable because of their more uptempo nature, never the less, the couple of slower songs on the album were still quite good and really allowed one to get a good sense of Solomon's great and unique Vocals.
My first favorite, "Baby Does Me Good", started the ball rolling with a great tribal back beat that continued throughout this opener. Really enjoyed the Background Vocals on this one as well, which were quite prevalent throughout "Train".
I just loved the lyrics on "Coffee Song", a humorous take about a man who always gets his Hot Coffee in bed each morning, but really the Hot Coffee goes cold before he gets a chance to drink it.
Hot Coffee In The Morning Time Don't You Know We Start Our Lovin' And That Coffee Goes Cold
Again really nice Backing Vocals and also some really nice Harp playing.
"Country Song" was my #1 favorite song on "Train". It is a great song, which for me sounded a lot like a cross between Lou Reed and The Rolling Stones.
All in all, I was very surprised with "Train". I did not expect this album to be like it was and I was thoroughly impressed with the musical style Solomon King decided to use and although I was also totally impressed with his previous release "Medicine", I am sort of hoping he keeps his future music along the vein of "Train".
A really great album from one of the better Singers, Songwriters, and Guitarists performing nowadays.
Highly Recommended and Thoroughly Enjoyed
Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network) http://www.bluesundergroundnetwork.com/