Soul Shine Society: Back Where You Belong
True to their name, Grooveyard Records do like to ensure that their releases are utterly laden with groove, so when Finnish, Southern Rock inspired Soul Shine Society burst into action on their second album, Back Where You Belong, you know it is going to be a head shaking, foot stomping journey. Think Skynyrd, think 38 Special and yet, (with added Hammond) think Led Zeppelin, such are the gargantuan riffs courtesy of Matti Jokelainen. However with a considered strut, rather than a full on swagger, BWYB isn't a purely muscular album that's going to jostle you out of the way, or shake you into submission, instead Soul Shine Society are a band who look to cajole and persuade you into their way of thinking. It's a captivating stance where exuberance is shelved in favour of assured conviction and, thankfully, SSS stand out because of it.
If you want to bathe in the smooth groove this album specialises in, then dip your toes into the swaying "Love Won't Wait", or cleanse your spirit to the countrified, but not overly, "Reasons", where melody is king. However Soul Shine Society can rock it up when the mood takes them, "Too Late" a mix of latter day Zeppelin, a smoother Clutch and thanks to singer Jonne Sassi, who is excellent throughout, a pleasing mix of Ian Gillan and Bob Catley. "As I Make My Way" brings a more overtly upbeat kick (nothing on this album is exactly downbeat!), while "Ain't Gonna Tell You Twice" really is a Southern rocker par excellence.
Right from the first listen, the good time riffing Soul Shine Society throw out has you hooked and immediately looking to come back for more. If you're feeling down, this is an album to raise your spirits, if things are going well, Back Where You Belong should be the soundtrack to your day. Or if you're simply looking for a classily crafted album to while away the afternoon, then look no further and simply let this grooving, bluesing, rocking society bring a shine to your soul!
1. Break The Chain
2. Ain't Gonna Tell You Twice
3. Hell Train
4. Back Where You Belong
5. Love Won't Wait
6. Too Late
8. As I Make My Way
9. Burned Soul
10. The Fire Within
Added: May 8th 2016
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Soul Shine Society at Grooveyard Records
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