I received this CD in the mail today and I put it on
the CD player right away. I wasn't sure what to expect
as I put it on the player..... to my great delight, this
is a great blues rock effort with a southern feel and
a mixture of electric and acoustic songs. Laurie wrote
all but 3 of the tunes and she is an accomplished writer.
There are several obvious influences, Stevie Ray Vaughan
and Ann Wilson of Heart, and the occasional tip of the
hat to the southern rock of The Allman Brothers and Marshall
Tucker. It is a great mixture leading to a sound that
is The Laurie Morvan Band's alone. This band is hotter
than a sailor on shore leave.
The first notes of the first song "Big
Love" just jump out and you are drawn to the song....Then
you hear the voice...lord have mercy this lady can not
only play guitar, she can belt out a tune!!!
"Big Love" has growling vocals
and big guitar, but it also has a smokin band backing
it all up.
"Hold On To You" is a funky
tune with some Robin Trower inspired guitar playing. I
found myself on the 3rd listen concentrating on the bass
guitar and being blown out of the water.. Pat Morvan plays
amazing bass guitar and when you buy this cd focus on
his bass playing after you have listened to the songs
a couple of times. Incredible!
The title track "Find My Way Home"
is an acoustic tune which is very mellow compared to the
first two burners. It owes a debt to Ann Wilson of Heart.
The background vocals are perfect. I love this tune.
"I Can't Get Enough" starts
with a guitar lick that is followed by the rest of the
band jumping in for some punches. This song is my kind
of tune and the drummer plays an amazing shuffle here.
This is one tough band!
The classic Stevie Ray tune "Tightrope"
follows and is very nicely done...No shame here! Great
guitar solo. At about 2:53 into the song there are some
background vocals which bring to mind old Leon Russell
or Joe Cocker stuff...I love the vocals. Clydie King would
"Holy War" is a song with a
message. An acoustic tune with a great vocal performance.
I love the message of this song.
There is too much hate in this world
without creating more because you don't agree with who
someone loves.This world needs more love. I don't understand
how anyone can say that love is wrong.....sigh.
"Rock Me Right" ,one of only
three songs not written by Laurie Morvan, was originally
recorded by Susan Tedeschi.... you better have some serious
vocal chops to pull this off without making a fool of
yourself, Laurie more than holds her own with Susan on
this one, Tough job, but she did it!!!
"Only Beautiful People Fall In Love"
is a nice easy going tune which reminds me of John Mellencamp
and Van Morrison. This album is so musically divergent
without being spotty.
"Once In My Life" opens with
some stunning bass chops and I can't listen to anything
else... the bass on this album is top notch!
This song is a little too 80's rock for
my taste...but the bass is amazing!
"Let Me Go" is another acoustic
tune in the Wilson Sisters mode. Nice song.
The CD ends on a high note with the Willie
Dixon classic, "Let Me Love You Baby". A Stevie
Ray tribute song. Laurie is a guitar slinger of some note
and she shines here. Her voice sounds right at home on
this one. The band smokes big time.
These musicians are all quality players
and should be heard by a much wider audience..
You can't go wrong with this one. If
you are not a blues purist you will probably find this
CD a worthwhile purchase. Great guitar and vocals, stunning
bass guitar and great drums and keyboards.