Sea Of Tranquility



The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu

Who's Online
There are currently 70 guests online.

Google Ads





Freerock Saints: Blue Pearl Union

Having just reviewed, and absolutely loved the brand new Super Vintage album Welcome To Mojo Land, I have to admit to worrying about whether Freerock Saints would be a step too far for guitarist Stavros Papadopoulos. For not only is this talented six-string-man the songwriter, singer and fret-master in Super Vintage, but he's also the sole song crafter, guitarist and keyboard player in this new venture. Backing up the mainman is bassist Dinos Maltezos and Super Vintage drummer Lazaros Simitsis. However, arguably it's actually Areti Valavanopoulou who is the star here and possibly the real reason for Freerock Saints to come into being in the first place. Recent years have thankfully, and much later than it should have, found women staking a claim for their place in rock and metal, but even with that in mind, this young lady is one hell of a find.

For some an accented singer may pose some challenges, so rest assured that Valavanopoulou suffers not even slightly from that affliction, her clear, rich voice handling the lyrics like a past master. As you'd expect from an album featuring musicians who've only just released one of the best commercial slices of blues rock I've heard for quite some time, the Freerock Saints sound stays pretty true to the Super Vintage course. And yet, with such a talented vocalist fronting these tunes, cleverly Papadopoulos has toned things down ever so slightly. Yes he still melts the frets on the solo to opener "From The Ashes" and continues to mesmerise across the whole album with his tasteful, fiery style. However, as often as not, it's the blues that are ramped up in favour of the rock, allowing Areti to fully flourish and delight with her vocal prowess. That doesn't imply that this front lady can't add a rough edge to her delivery, or that her vocals are all sugary sweet, far from it. However the skill of a songwriter is in being able to fully utilise the tools at their disposal and with a singer of this talent, power and precision in their fold, it would be folly for Freerock Saints not to allow her the room to sit front and centre.

"Still Bleeding" is a perfect example, a patient introduction building into a seductively melodic illustration of how to make the blues commercial and sexy. Underneath the consummate vocals, Stavros lays down a refined, intricate melody that buries deep into the mind, before ripping out a solo that impresses, while remaining completely sympathetic to its surrounds. It's a fine line expertly walked, but it's also a trick pulled off time after time, "All I Need" a more insistent, powering and irresistible neck-strainer, "Roll With The Wind" a grittier, dirt under the nails rocker that hits home through its pulsating bass line and scintillating layers of backing vocals, also provided by the golden voice of Valavanopoulou.

In Stavros Papadopoulos Grooveyard Records really have unearthed a supreme musician and songwriter. That they've also discovered a superbly talented singer in the shape of Areti Valavanopoulou says much for their dedication to all things heavy blues rock. Greece is hardly known as a hotbed of rock n' roll, but if Freerock Saints and Super Vintage are anything to go by, that's about to change soon!


Track Listing
1. FROM THE ASHES

2. GAME OF PAIN

3. ROLL WITH THE WIND

4. SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES

5. BLUE PEARL

6. STILL BLEEDING

7. TAKE IT
8. ALL I NEED
9. NEVER LOST MY FAITH

10. TOUCH THE SKY

11. FUNK BOOGIE TRAIN

12. SAINTS & SINNERS

13. GOODBYE

Added: January 30th 2017
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Score:
Related Link: Blue Pearl Union at The Grooveyard
Hits: 378
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]

  

[ Back to the Reviews Index | Post Comment ]




2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by SpeedSoft.com