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Got Rock-Blues If you want it....

Great rock-blues music. Michael and the band can play with the best of them. Favorite? Hard to say. All are good but if you don't like Bet Yo' Mama better check to see if you have a pulse. Best to Michael and the band - Lake Charels, La

Fire Red Is A Smooth Blend Of Blues

The title track kicks off with a crunchy hammer-on leading into a thick rocker. It’s a gritty, stripped-down garage rock take on blues complete with psych-soaked solos and a pounding bass. Like the album itself, “Fire Red” doesn’t hit you over the head with its genius, but its solid instrumentation and catchy melodies are spot on. “Don’t Put Me Out” starts strong with yet another fast-paced fuzzy riff that sometimes leads and other times underlines the equally quick-footed vocals, while “Lately” returns to “Entre Tus Ojos”’s tempo and comparatively tamed instrumentation. Definitely the most soulful track on the album, it features lyrics about dark clouds and sorrow, downbeat drums, and minimalist guitar that plods along for six minutes. It’s a little underwhelming after listening to its predecessors, and even the interspersed bluesy solos don’t do much to break the somnolent, somber feel.

“If You Let Me” wakes you up with the distorted noodling and wailing slides you come to associate with Michael Williams Band. “Dead & Gone” ends the album with a fingerpicked ditty that gains its emotional power from the sheer lack of sound unleashed during the previous songs. Sparse strings underscore the heartfelt vocals and give the listener a pleasant sense of closure by its end. Fire Red is a smooth blend of blues, garage rock, and a little bit of funk, a sound ripe for any or every-day listening.

Sarah Madges

A splendid record, for sure!

I learned of Michael Williams' talents through Eddie Kramer, and can't complain in the slightest. Williams has been hailed as a torchbearer for the Jimi Hendrix legacy of guitar dexterity and prowess, but it simply isn't fair to stop there. A clone or knock-off he certainly is not, as his own subtle nuances demonstrate. The sheer dynamic breadth between the pedal-to-the-metal blues energy of tracks like "Don't Put Me Out" and "If You Let Me" and the gentle give and take apparent at the core of "Lately" shouldn't be underestimated. Definitely worth the listening -- I look forward to the further growth of his sound and career.

Fire Red, Michael Williams Band
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Blues
  • Released: Jun 08, 2011

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