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Livesays, The: Hold On…Life Is Calling

Florida based band The Livesays is led by Billy Livesay who has worked with Clarence Clemons (R.I.P.) of Bruce Springsteen fame. Their first album Rose Colored Glasses was released in 2011 followed by Faith, Hope And Love in 2014. This veteran group of musicians includes the aforementioned Livesay (lead vocals, guitars, piano, percussion), Victor Berrios (Hammond organ, vocals), Jorge Laplume (bass) and Eddie Zyne (drums).

There isn't anything complicated here, just guitar driven melodic rock and pop music with an overall '80s touch. The first track "I'm Coming Home" would be right at home on an '80s Bruce Springsteen album. Driving riffs and solid lead vocals is pretty much what you get here and throughout the album. On "Angels Of The New Millennium" bluesy guitar, vocals and organ makes for one of the album's best tracks. Gritty mid-tempo rock is home to "Pop Star" that also features one of the catchiest choruses on the disc whereas "No Promises" and "Call On Me" have more of a pop flavour.

Melodic rock fans should eat this one up. It is an enjoyable album from a group of veteran musicians who have been around the block a time or two. For more information check out the band's website on the link provided.

Track Listing:
1. I'm Coming Home (4:56)
2. Angels Of The New Millennium (3:45)
3. Pop Star (3:53)
4. No Promises (4:47)
5. Call On Me (4:43)
6. I've Heard The Truth Before (4:30)
7. I'd Change Everything (5:13)
8. This Side Of Town (4:42)
9. Libertine (4:03)
10. Why You Want To Keep On Lovin' Me (4:09)
11. Pick Yourself Up (5:02)
12. It's What I Have To Do (4:11)
13. Turn It Around (4:17)

Added: September 18th 2016
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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Livesays, The: Hold On…Life Is Calling
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2016-09-17 19:05:40
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One of the countless musicians who has quietly built up a hugely impressive list of collaborations, writing credits and live performances, while quietly working away in the local scenes, guitarist and vocalist Billy Livesay is probably best known as an integral member of the much missed Clarence Clemens' (of The E Street band) solo outfit, The Temple Of Soul. Along the way Livesay appeared with both Bruce Springsteen and Little Steven, while writing music for TV, appearing live with countless bands and releasing some albums with his own act, The Livesays. The latest of those appears in the shape of Hold On… Life Is Calling, a mix of life-lived tales and accessible rock making for an engaging set. It will come as little surprise that the sound of The Boss is never far away, the bombastic boom and authentic outlook making a strong impact. However with touches of latter day Bon Jovi and the summery solo sound of Don Henley, what in essence this is, is good old American rock that's a helluva lotta fun.

The band is completed by Jorge Laplume on bass, Eddie Zyne on drums and Victor "Cuqui" Berrios on Hammond organ, Livesay himself handling all the guitars and lead vocals; both of which he does with a real sense of drama and joy. Highlights appear in the shape of the atmospheric build of "Angels Of The New Millennium", strutting "Pop Star", easy melodic sway of "This Side Of Town" and celebratory but questioning "Why You Want To Keep On Lovin' Me". Although it has to be said that it's hard to suggest you'll find anything here that you haven't previously come across countless times before.

Hold On… Life Is Calling rocks in all the right places, pulls at the heartstrings when it wants to and knows what questions to ask about life and love. It will never be an album that changes the world, or knocks any of your favourite records out of your listening rotation. However that doesn't stop it being well played, well written and damn good fun.

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