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Kalo

Wild Change

Review by Gary Hill

This album is classy and classic. The sound is built on blues and rock and Americana. The female vocals are passionate and potent. All in all this is a solid set with some stellar moments.

 

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Track by Track Review
One Mississippi

Americana, rock and roll and country music all merge on this killer cut. This has energy and class. It's a great way to start the set in style.

Isabel
There is a blues rock vibe on the riff that opens this. The cut works out to a raw hard rocking sound. This is a powerhouse cut.
Upside Down
This has some horns in the mix. It's part funk, part jazz and all cool. It's decidedly soulful.
Fix
Not a huge change, this is more of a bluesy rocker like "Isabel." That said, this is a bit more on the hard edged side than that song was.
Wild Change
The title track has a lot of blues sound in the mix. I'd say that there are healthy helpings of both Led Zeppelin and Heart on this song.
Only Love

This is more of a slow blues grind. It has some killer guitar soloing. Again, both Heart and Zeppelin are valid reference points. While there isn't a huge change here, this is one of the most effective pieces of the disc.

Free

Talking about smoking hot guitar soloing, this cut has it, too. It's perhaps more pure blues than some of the rest are. It's also a real standout. It's just a powerhouse tune.

Pay to Play
The horns are back on this song. This has plenty of funk and soul in the mix. It's a classy tune, but not as strong as the last couple.
Smile and Blush
Country and pop rock seem to merge here. This has a lot of Americana built into it. It's a good tune, but not up to the level of most of the rest here.
Bad Girl
Another that calls to mind both Heart and Zeppelin, this is a killer blues rocker. It's one of the highlights of the set.
Calling All Dreamers
A stripped down, acoustic based tune, this one works reasonably well, but isn't as good as a lot of the rest. I think it would have been more effective in a position near the middle of the set than as the closer, though.
 
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