The Blue CD
(TUM Records TUM-A 002)

(1) Rock My Soul (2) Take The Suti And Do The Jump (3) Sometimes Things Go Wrong (4) Magnolia Blues (5) Golden Man (6) Donít Throw Your Love Away (7) Summerís Gone (8) Rocks In My Bed (9) Danger Zone (10) Is This A Blues At All? (11) Annieís Lover (12) Stewball

The brothers Lindholm have finally made their first recording together. It's a fine album full of music which is a refreshing blast from the past. In addition to their own material, they perform the favorite music of their youth. It's precisely for this reason that there are so many cover versions. Dave has written three new songs and Calle two. Their own songs have been performed in the spirit of these classics. Dave plays guitar and Calle plays alto saxophone and clarinet. They share the vocals equally. They are joined by a trio of Finland's top musicians Ulf Krokfors on doublebass, Heikki Sandrťn on drums and Juha Kujanpšš on keyboards.

The opening track is an a cappella version of Rock My Soul. It's a bit odd choice, but it's a proof they have the guts to do such thing. Magnolia Blues is filled with clarinet sounds and it creates a dense atmosphere with a gentle swinging rhythm. The standard rhythm and blues song Golden Man attacks with a stunning groove and excellent slide guitar. The Seachersí Donít Throw Your Love Away is also brilliant. The version is very soft and gentle. Who could have had an idea to add a bluesy guitar solo to a song like this? Who could have the guts to do it? Probably no one else.

It's not unusual that Calle sings blues but it's unusual that Dave sings jazz. Both perform their share of vocals in a very natural manner. They dive into the deep waters of blues with Calle's own very ironically named song Is This A Blues At All?. The jazzy part comes when Dave performs his own Summerís Gone and an old Ray Charles song Danger Zone. Duke Ellington's rare Rocks In My Bed sounds great with its slideguitar. If the beginning of the album was a bit odd so is the ending, the last track being an old prison song, Stewball.

This album features the whole palette of roots music and it covers everything from jazz to blues, the styles change from track to track. There are no bad versions here; there are only diamonds, one brighter than another. You don't get bored with this album. The Blue CD is an integrated entity which has not been tainted by excessive polishing. A professional producer would have spoiled this album and its intimate atmosphere, but the brothers have reached a small-scale and simple result. There is no reason to call this one under produced, they have just left off all the redundant things. This album would work even better on vinyl and not only because the total playing time of this cd is less than that of an average vinyl album. A short playing time is the only negative thing on this album.

Riku Metelinen





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