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Future, Steve: 7 Cities

Steve Future is a Swedish musician, mostly known for his harmonica playing, who has been around for several decades having released his debut album First Take in 1994. Since then he has released several albums, both full length and EP. His latest release titled 7 Cities contains tracks taken from three recent EPs; It Takes Time, Four Cities and The 9 Others.

Future and his stellar cast of guest musicians have made an album completely different from my usual Swedish fare of mostly progressive rock. This disc firmly rests in the blues rock category and it is an excellent album. The easy going “Bananas & Diamonds” kicks things off with a smooth bluesy mid-tempo groove. The vocals are excellent, both lead and backing and the upfront bass makes for a deep bottom end. On “Blue Heron” the sound is heavier blues rock with superb guitar work throughout courtesy of Björn Uhr and Björn Melin. The ripping blues solo is particularly noteworthy along with some impressive slide guitar. The pretty “Waterfall” hits a mellower note with light and airy flamenco acoustic guitar and tasty reggae chords. Future plays all the instruments here demonstrating his prowess on multiple instruments. With “Civil War” Future goes old school country, including adding a considerable twang to his vocals. The acoustic picking and harmonica are again very nice. The sound on “Railway Layers Daughters Blues” is bare bones blues, getting to the heart of Future’s true passion. His harmonica solo is excellent here.

Apparently Future has toured North America, unbeknownst to me. I will certainly be on the lookout now that I am aware of just how talented he is. Check out 7 Cities, its sound is both diverse and infectious and completely real.

Track Listing:
1. Bananas & Diamonds (3:22)
2. Blue Heron (4:17)
3. Waterfall (2:45)
4. Civil War (2:05)
5. Railway Layers Daughters Blues (2:25)
6. Don’t Mean Nothing (2:50)
7. Trinity (1:40)
8. Black Water (5:00)
9. Future Kids (3:00)
10. Brand New Day (3:29)
11. Rat Poison (4:47)
12. Blended (4:18)
13. Keyhole Massacre (3:13)
14. Steal The Water (3:45)
15. Burning Wheels (3:34)
16. Boned Rock (3:34)
17. Woman In Panoramic (4:06)
18. Blue Volvo (Berlin) (5:00)

Added: February 21st 2020
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
Hits: 163
Language: english

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