Jamie McLean Band (from the album Paradise Found available on Harmonized Records) (by Brian Rock)
Old school rockers Jamie McLean Band find their groove on their fifth release, Paradise Found. With a mixture of heartland Rock and power ballads, the band plays the kind of energetic and optimistic music that we’ve been missing for years.
The first track, “Gave My Life to Rock n Roll”, roars out of the gate with driving electric guitar, pounding drums, and barrelhouse piano. Recalling the 70’s bar rock sound of The Faces, they even mimic one of that band’s most memorable lyrics: ‘Stay with me. Stay till the fire’s low. You can lay with me, but I gave my life to rock’n’roll”. With a voice that evokes Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, John Mellencamp, and just a touch of Bon Scott, Jamie McLean sings with the strut and swagger that befits the song’s title.
“This Is It” drops down a gear and adds Celtic undertones to celebrate the joy of living in the moment. “Ghost in You” has a midtempo, festival Rock feel. The band adds electric organ and soulful rhythms as McLean stretches his vocals to Steve Perry-territory to capture the jubilation of romance in “Something About Love”. ”Waiting on You” has the heartland sound of John Mellencamp. “Ransom” is a Bluesy take on Southern Rock. “Easy Rider” dives more fully into Blues soundscapes. The band drops down another gear, but still manages to sustain their energy level on the ballads, “Turn Around”, “Hotels and Cabarets”, and “Paradise Found.” The latter of which combines the feel of The Black Crowe’s “She Talks to Angels” with Led Zeppelin’s “Tangerine” to create a ballad of comfort and commitment. Realizing that the perfect life he seeks is right before him, Jamie McLean sings, ‘take a look around, lay your burden down. This could be all you’ve ever dreamed, now that paradise is found’. With songs that celebrate love and life, Paradise Found is the burst of sunshine we need after a seemingly endless dark night. (by Brian Rock)
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