Album review

Soledad Brothers - Voice Of Treason

It would be easy to expect far too much of the Soledad Brothers—named after a cause célèbre of black American radicalism; first single produced by one Jack White; a lead singer who's Meg White's beau. Far too much or—for the understandably cynical—far too little. Happily, this trio from Toledo via Detroit cast their own shadow. Their lean, swaggering, easy-rolling blues may rest on a bedrock of the Stones and John Lee Hooker, but they do much more than simply recycle gnarly riffs. "Lay Down This World" borrows guitar effects from T. Rex, while the haunting "Lorali" is somehow redolent of Appalachian whiskey stills. Familiar, sure, but a highly potent blend of the ancient and modern nonetheless.

Rating: 4 / 10


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