Review: Moreland & Arbuckle – 7 Cities

Posted on: Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013

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Moreland & Arbuckle – 7 Cities

(Telarc: TEL-34329-02)

The roots-rock band of Aaron Moreland (guitars – including the cigar box version), Dustin Arbuckle (vocal and harmonica) and drummer/ backing vocalist Kendall Newby have a strong, bluesy sound, though their approach has moved away from the Hill Country style they were known for a few years back.

They can be incredibly fierce, as on the very powerful ‘Road Blind’, with most tracks loud and driving, though they do ease down with a beautiful harmonica, slide guitar and drums instrumental on ‘Red Bricks’. The album is actually vaguely along the lines of what used to be called a “concept album”, looking at the legendary Spanish search for gold in the area of Kansas near to where the band is now based, but once past the sleeve painting and the opening track, which draws liberally on the standard ‘Catfish Blues’, you would be hard pushed to recognise it.

Even so, the cover of the Tears For Fears hit ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ is a bit of a shock – once you realise what the track actually is. You might have gathered by now that Moreland & Arbuckle is not the standard blues band, and those with a taste for a strongly individual rock-tinged sound will certainly find it to their taste.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.morelandarbuckle.com

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