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Until The Sun

Drowning In Blue

Review by Gary Hill

This is the second album from Until The Sun, and I have to say that it's a pretty perfect collection of blues laden music. At times it lands near pure blues. At other times there is plenty of rock, leaning toward stoner rock at points. It's all strong, though, and it never feels redundant or lacking. While most of the vocals are of the male variety, there are female ones used for great effect.

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Track by Track Review
Drowning In Blue
The riff that opens this makes me think of Led Zeppelin to some degree. This works out to some heavy and hard rocking sounds that lean on the stoner rock end of the spectrum. This is a killer tune with a lot of blues in the mix.
Shadow of The Valley
Acoustic slide guitar brings a serious blues angle to this as it gets underway. Vocals and some other musical elements come over the top to create a killer blues rock sound.
New Delilah
Blues rock, country rock and more are on the menu here. The female vocals on this tune are powerful and soulful. The whole cut really rock shines.
1,000 Miles Away'
The male vocals are back here. This has more of a bluesy alternative rock edge to it. There is a real power and drive to this. It's a punchy tune with some great guitar fills and a lot of emotion. This turns more hard rocking later. There is some particularly tasty guitar soloing further down the road.
This powerhouse tune features both male and female vocals It's dynamic and driving. It has some of the most potent musical passages of the whole disc. In fact, I'd consider this one of the highlights here. It doesn't get much better than this.
Burning Home
More of a pure blues tune, the vocals here are of the female variety. The guitar solo is meaty and fits with the authentic blues arrangement of the number. 
I'm Still Me
There is a real jazz sound in the mix at times on this. We get pure blues and some hard rock along with that element. This is a meaty and classy tune and another standout. The guitar soloing is soaring and exploratory.
Doing My Best (Live)
A full blues number, this is so classy. The guitar solo section is positively on fire and elevates this to be one of the highlights of the set.
Lemontree (Live)
Another full on blues tune, this has some jazzy guitar soloing in the mix at the beginning of the instrumental section. They turn more toward classic electric blues, fitting the rest of the song, from there.
Deathbed Blues
I love the old-time acoustic blues jamming at the start of this. The female vocals come in after the extended introduction. This is packed full of emotion and charm. It's a great closing shot.


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