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JON AMOR Stories From The Crooked Room Number 31 Records (2009)

Jon Amor returns with the follow-up to his excellent previous album 'The Unknown Soldier' (which featured Robert Plant guesting on harmonica). He is backed this time by Dave Doherty (guitar), Chris Doherty (bass) and Si Small (bass) but this new album was recorded in just two days and in his living room! My only complaint about the album? It's only ten songs long but what a great selection.

Pick of the bunch has to be 'Cut Through The Graveyard' which has it all - strong lyric, some lovely blues guitar and great drum sound. Not far behind in enjoyment stakes is the ballad 'Rain' which allows Jon Amor to show his more mellower vocal style.

'Stitch In Your Party Dress' is another cracking song, again a strong lyric backed by an enjoyable blues mixed with rock 'n' roll feel. This song, along with 'Nightjars' allow the guitar playing to take centre stage. The sound throughout the album is spot on, very clear and no extra instrumental embellishments just your guitars/bass/drum, which suits the music to a tee.

Jon Amor takes the blues as a starting point and then veers off down all sorts of interesting musical routes. One of the most rewarding musical discoveries I have made in the past couple of years that's for sure.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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