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Trower/Bruce: Seven Moons

It's been many, many years since blues-rock legends Robin Trower and Jack Bruce last collaborated (the BLT and Truce albums from 1981 & 1982), but these two are back again here with Seven Moons, a platter of smoldering, psychedelic blues rock that's surely on par and perhaps even better than their previous two releases together. In place is Bruce's silky vocals and elastic bass grooves, the nimble drum work of Gary Husband (who adds an almost jazz-like approach here), and Trower's beefy guitar tone, loaded with wah-wah and lots of emotion. As you can expect from these three veterans, the choice of material here includes some moody rockers, some mid-paced blues, and plenty of searing psychedelic rave-ups. Bruce's wonderful vocals on tunes like "Seven Moons", "Just Another Day", "Lives of Clay", and "She's Not the One" show that he's barely lost a step since the classic Cream days back in the 60's, and in fact is one of those rare talents whose voice only seems to have gotten stronger over the years. Trower on the other hand never fails to impress, his killer Hendrix inspired licks just dripping with searing emotion on "So Far to Yesterday" and "The Last Door",while his jacked up wah-wah funk on the song "Perfect Place" is just, well, 'perfect'. If you want to hear these two on some lean & mean slow blues, check out "Bad Case of Celebrity", with Bruce's crooning & bubbling bass grooves playing the pefect foil to Husband's lazy drum rolls and Trower's singing guitar lines.

Seven Moons is ultimately a welcome return from Robin Trower & Jack Bruce, and you have to wonder why these two don't work together more often. Sure, there are a few songs here that have sort of a 'samey' quality, and the second half of the CD sort of drags in spots, but on the whole it's an album that will take a few spins to reveal all its treasures. Trower fans will be happy to know that there's PLENTY of killer guitar playing here, which is always a good thing.

Track Listing
1. Seven Moons 4:42
2. Lives of Clay 5:04
3. Distant Places of the Heart 5:25
4. She's Not the One 2:56
5. So Far to Yesterday 3:35
6. Just Another Day 5:31
7. Perfect Place 3:47
8. The Last Door 5:10
9. Bad Case of Celebrity 4:06
10. Come to Me 4:45
11. I'm Home 3:11

Added: February 10th 2008
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Robin Trower Website
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Language: english

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Trower/Bruce: Seven Moons
Posted by Rick Ray on 2008-02-18 09:09:09
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Phenomenal album! The song 'Come To Me' alone is worth the price of admission. It's a spine chilling song. The whole album is great though, Jack's vocals are excellent and Robin again comes up with lost chords the world has been longing to hear.

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