In 1988, Keith Richards released his first solo album, ‘Talk Is Cheap.’ It had a delicious Classic Rock vibe with awful singing (sorry Keith) and was authentic to the bone. ‘Third Time’s A Charm” immediately reminded me of good ole Keef. That is a good thing.
After two albums, No Possession’s sound has evolved from a more Bluesy style (they won the Scandinavian Blues Contest in 2011 to prove it) to a more Classic Rock sound. Sounding like 70s Rolling Stones meets The Jayhawks meets your favorite local bar band after 2AM, this album offers up great classic-sounding tunes that feel as good as an old pair of jeans.
Leading with “Lights Out,” the listener is put on notice, this will be a fun forty-five minutes. Driving beat, punchy brass, gruff vocals; it is a perfect start. “Black Coal, Thin Ice” sounds like it could have been an outtake from ‘Exile On Main Street,” maybe a little too much, but I have to let it slide. To me, the highlight is not even a rocker, but the acoustic closer, “The Sunshineman.” Sounding just a bit like “Blackbird,” it quickly transitions to a peppy toe-tapper that I personally guarantee will bring you a smile.
Sporting an earnest vocal delivery, tasty licks, and plenty of sing-along choruses, No Possession is not about flash, but a genuine love of Rock ’n’ Roll music, and it shines through brightly. Last time I checked; you can’t do better than that.
a genuine love of Rock ’n’ Roll music, and it shines through brightly
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