CD Tales of Love and Desperation
Zola Moon endeared herself to me when I was able to review her CD Down to My Bones, where she sang accompanied by a single guitarist.
On this CD, Moon goes electric instead of acoustic. On the first cut Never Give Up On Ya, Moon repeats the title words to her baybay with real blues mama authority, nearly screaming the words over her bands boogie beat.
Hard Liquor tells of one of travails of the blues mama lifestyle (although if it were true, Moon would not have this good a voice). Bluesville is based on a rock-and-roll riff you have heard a thousand times, but when Moon says that she will meet you in Bluesville, you will be ready to go, because she makes it sound like a great time. And it is the only song with a saxophone on it.
Steel Bars is an old fashioned Country that song takes you to a place where the winos throw up on your shoes. Id rather go to Bluesville. But it has my favorite line of the CD: I bought the car of my dreams one that ran.
Snake Eyes is a seven-and-a-half minute excursion that lets Moon explore a bit by alternating singing and telling a swamp-pop related gambling story. Dont Blame It on God is a slower meditation that lives up to its interesting title.
House of the Rising Sun gives Moon a chance to show both her vocal powers with high wails and her ability to tell a story, adding life to the often heard song. Moon wrote all the other songs on this CD. Some are derivative, which is to be expected for a blues CD, but nearly all of them stand up to repeated listening.
The backup of electric guitar, bass, and drums sounds fine behind Moon. The occasional electric guitar solo is a bit generic, but compact enough that it works with the songs.
I have only one complaint. Many people think that anyone can play blues harp, but Moon proves that it is not true on Mechanical Beast.
This CD is a fine addition to the blues scene.
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