Wim S. : Half a year ago, the world was rocked by the release of the MCD 'Devil Man' by the very international outfit Blues Pills. A Swedish singer with a great voice, a young Frenchman on guitar and music that has its roots in the psychedelic blues of the sixties and seventies. Blues Pills is the name of the quartet and now they release their first full length. The band toured extensively around the European club scene so meanwhile a lot of people got to know the band. I do not know whether it is because of the many live shows but on this CD the band shows maturity, self-confidence and a lot of quality.
The voice of Elin Larsson is really fantastic. So much power, so much melody and rawness combined with flexibility. Very unique. We hear something of Janis Joplin, Joss Stone and Susan Tedeschi. Not to mention the contribution of Dorian Sorriaux. The young French guitarist shows us that his instrument does not have many secrets for him. He plays with flair, he plays loosely and every time he knows to play the correct notes. Very well done. The songs are of high quality. Delicate miniatures ('Black Smoke', 'River', though we also hear Florian press the pedal in deep in that last track) alternating with merciless grooving tracks (‘Devil Man’, ‘High Class Woman'). For those who cannot get enough of the music of Rival Sons among others, go and check out Blues Pills. This is top notch.