Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Hi-Nobles - Shake

Music doesn’t have to be original to be good, particularly in the case of bluesy rock. In this age where synthesiser and software technology is getting sharper by the minute, it’s very refreshing to hear a 12 bar blues progression, and to hear it done faithfully, and with passion. The 12 bar blues, the pentatonic riff, that perfect amount of guitar distortion: these things will never die.

The Hi-Nobles carry off their highly polished blues rock sound with more than just finesse, it has an amazing sense of soul, mainly highlighted by the singer’s fantastic, up front, slightly gravely, and simply irresistibly bluesy voice. Wow I just used three adjectives in front of the word “voice”. This band, and this album, deserve many positive adjectives, so I’m just gonna throw them into the melting pot: energetic, fun, rockin’, rollin’, rambunctious, paced, tight, shakin’, uplifting, intelligent, and last but not least, musical.

I choose that last adjective as the most important because being musical, and more specifically; naturally, effortlessly musical, is something that some bands just don’t have. The Hi-Nobles know exactly where a chord should go and how the bass and organ should drive it, the singer knows exactly what notes he’s hitting and how they should be intoned and the drummer knows where to add a flair or a fill. Throughout the whole album they never once falter. This ease of musicality is what makes this album so damn fun to listen to. Just listening to the roaring solos, the driving organ, the rolling toms and crashes, you can almost see the smiles on the musician’s faces as they play. These guys breathe, drink and eat music for breakfast, you can just tell they’ve been doing it a long time and it pours so effortlessly from their fingers.

It rocks, it rolls, it bluesifies. It is the essence of good music in a bottle. Drink it up.

The Hi-Nobles at MySpace

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