Review: Laurence Jones – Thunder In The Sky

Posted on: Thursday, Jun 21, 2012

Laurence Jones CD Cover

Laurence Jones – Thunder In The Sky
(Proper Records: PROCD001)

Laurence Jones is a nineteen-year-old singer/guitarist from Stratford–on Avon. He is backed on this, his debut CD, by Mikey Dean-Smith on drums and Charly Coombes on keyboards: bass duties are shared by Sam Gasior and Ali Hetherington, who also adds a taste of didgeridoo. The album comprises ten tracks, nine of which were written by Laurence Jones.

Proceedings are set in motion by “Bad Girl”, a suitably brash opener, followed by a couple more upbeat rockers, “Not Stickin’ Around” and “Too Good”, the latter embellished with a helping of wah-wah guitar. “Why Do You Love Me” delivers a slower beat and some lovely, lyrical guitar work before the introduction of the album’s sole cover, a very different version of “The Thrill is Gone”, which strays somewhat from the original melody line but features an impressively haunting guitar solo.

“Gotta Get Back Up” bounces along, complete with a catchy and very effective guitar riff, while “Cornered” favours an insistent, driving beat, as does “Put A Spell On Me” but with a heavier edge. The title track is a sensitively-delivered slow blues with another superb guitar solo and is expertly underpinned by the rhythm section and Charly Coombes on keys. The album is concluded in fine style with “Going Down”, a smouldering, slow rocker.

There is currently a very welcome plethora of talented, young blues-rock guitar slingers in the UK and classically-trained Laurence Jones is right up there in the higher echelon. His vocals don’t yet match his instrumental virtuosity but he is an exciting addition to the scene and is already showing considerable skill as a songwriter. Definitely one to watch.

Lionel Ross

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