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STILL LIKE "FIRST TASTE"
on December 9, 2008
Like "First Taste of Sin", that is, my favourite Cold Blood album.
I read a review saying that Lydia's voice had lost "soul". Huh?! Anyway, if anything, it's taken on a cool, smooth character like single malt whisky, compared to "blended".
The coolest thing of all is that the band retains it's original soul/funk sound (as in "real" 60's-70's funk), not the "crappola" stuff that ought to be called "junk", that calls itself funk, today. At first I was afraid I'd hear a bit of rap, or hip-hop thrown into the mix, but thank goodness, the band refuses to take on the usual phoney, compromises that (all too often) bands from the distant past, will succumb to just to be accepted today. The only thing "new" is better, clearer production and the rhythm section up a bit in the mix, as it should be.
My only critisisms are the background vocals on tracks 4 and 5, I think they were. Although "in key", and everything, they're not harmonies, but male/female octaves being a bit too loud, and they sound oddly out of place. Ironically, all the other background vocals sound great, as does Lydia, the horns, etc. There are some great songs, but I can't figure why they did "Down to the Bone" again, which doesn't sound quite as powerful as the original version, but it still sounds good. Overall, the cd is great, and I can see why the one reviewer would blast this in her car! I could easily picture driving a convertible along the sunny California coast, letting this fine "real" funk blast away, through a good sound system!