Soul Ascendant - 3 By Seven

Thursday 10th January 2002
Soul Ascendant - 3 By Seven
Soul Ascendant - 3 By Seven

STYLE: Blues
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

As the title of the EP suggests, here are three songs from a seven piece Yorkshire-based soul review with material designed to kick up a storm at birthdays, weddings and. well you get the idea! So what do you get? Well, you get Ruth Sutherland who appears to be the star of the show with her bluesy, soulful voice that elevates Soul Ascendant above being just another cabaret band. There also seem to be a lot of people called Stoodley in Soul Ascendant which is either a very weird coincidence or indicates that the band is a bit of a family affair. As for the songs, there's an air of familiarity about "Can't Do Right" which bounces along with good humour. The opening cut "Flying" is a slower song giving Ruth plenty of opportunity to showcase her fine voice. Nice understated horns give this a real '60s feel. Finally "Passin' Thru" allows the horn section to shine and seemed familiar and then I recognised it as a song featured on an obscure early '80s British indies Christian music collection called 'Shots In The Dark'. Originally done by The Magnetics, Peter Stoodley's old band!

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