Review – Ian Campbell Band

Album: Summer Time Come
Release Date: June 10, 2017
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Genre: Blues

I genuinely dig the blues, however I really need to be in the mood to enjoy it; listening to Ian Campbell Bands debut EP Summer Time Come immediately put me in the mood. I’ve been listening to it non-stop for two days now.

The structure of the album is well configured. Even with only 5 songs on the EP it has great flow. The opening title track is a blues song in reverse, opening with a strong power strum and hit that usually comes at the end and then works its way through the refrain. It grabs at you and doesn’t let go. Then it dips into a slower blues grooves with “Moment of Truth”, “Live & Burn” and “Leaf in the Wind”, then picking it up with a shoulder swaying conclusion with “Come on Now”.

The overall sound of course is helped by Ian Campbell’s vocals – perfectly balanced between a blues-style signature gravelly call and the thick, rich oil that smooths it all out and I would love to see these folks live.

This album it the definition of groovy and I highly recommend it if blues or soul is at all your thing.

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I’m Emily Frewin. I remember my dad teaching me how to take care of a record before I knew how to tie my shoes. Laying on the floor of my living room listening at full volume to a new album or bathing in the glory of an old one was how I spent most of my childhood and adolescence. Writing and music have always been important to me, so I’m very excited to be writing for Canadian Beats. I have a dog, a husband, and several children, some of which may or may not be mine. I spend my days fighting off the on-set of dementia by working for a Geomatics company, listening to music, trying to sell my children, watching movies, and planning out how to kidnap Idris Elba. I also own a T-Rex costume.

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