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Marcus King (from the album Young Blood available on Republic Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Marcus King is a bad ass. His long-time fans know that, and the descriptor ‘long-time’ taken into consideration for a career still quite young. Those fans know he’s a hot guitar player, a major player in the Blues Rock world, now keeping great studio and record label company, as his latest Young Blood dropping on Rick Rubins American Recordings label, and produced by Black Key Dan Auerbach. The record charges, Boogie Blues that is big and aggressive.
Marcus King screams out of the gate from the get-go, the album opener “It’s Too Late” having an old-school, FM Rock feel with King scatting vocals before he rips into the first of many a great solo. “Lie Lie Lie” follows with a grooving and aggro riff as King barks about love gone wrong. And again, another hot charger of a solo. “Paid” reveals some Auerbach influence, hints of Punk like the producer’s own band, and “Blood on the Tracks” is a soulful R&B number with great harmonies. “Dark Cloud” and “Whisper” both have a bit of Brit Blues Rock Boogie, and the album closer, “Blues Worse Than I Ever Had”, is gentle and soulful, King laying back on the power, while still dropping a ripper of a solo.
Marcus King is stadium Rock. This is a ton of tunes reminiscent of a hot summer show in a stadium in 1978, Young Blood that rips like Johnny Winter, pre “Eliminator” ZZ-Top, or Grand Funk Railroad, where monster riffs and monster solos meet at the intersection of hard blues and even harder rock. (by Bryant Liggett)
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