On top form!,
This review is from: BLACK SORROWS - CERTIFIED BLUE (Audio CD)
Anyone who knows The Black Sorrows or indeed anything concerning the band's mainman Joe Camilleri will know what to expect from this - a heart-on-sleeve love letter to the rootsier side of American music.
So far, so much like any Black Sorrows release, eh? What marks it out is songwriting quality. They have rarely put out a poor album, but the really good ones stand out, and after a couple of initial listens, this sounds like a good 'un! Okay, many of us still miss the days when Linda and Vika were adding their own vocal magic to the band's sound, but the basic ingredients are here still; blues, country, gospel, jazz, Western swing and all the rest.
Sound quality is somewhat compromised, as it has been mixed loud with little dynamic range and, as such, sounds a bit 2-dimensional. However, the songs are strong enough to make this an excellent addition to a long and often remarkable discography.