STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 25430-CAS1313 LABEL: Royal Music 044 FORMAT: Cassette Album
Reviewed by Dave Massey
This album owes a lot to the likes of Robert Cray and with the talents of Alex Acuna -session musician extraordinaire it should have been something to shout about, and if Q Stone had thrown in a few more tracks like "Western Paradise' it would have been! A meaty blues/rock track with an enormous percussion intro in which Alex brushes the cobwebs off his bongos with a few riffs that would be well at home in a bit of fusion. The guitar solo (Hessu Silvennoinen) rises out of the mediocrity of earlier tracks with the unexpectedness of a cold wet flannel in the face and to my surprise was just as good on Talking About Love' - a Cray clone if ever I saw one. Mikko Kuustonen on vocals has a great blues voice with enough hard-core down his gullet to add another lane to the M25 (well maybe not that much) -- but he can turn it on well enough to please a few blues diehards. It's a good album, abut there's no mark of Q Stones own personality stamped on it...maybe that's too much to ask -- it is Scandinavian blues after all!
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