Review: Eliza Neals – Breaking And Entering
Posted on: Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015
Eliza Neals – Breaking And Entering
(E-H Records: 889211222018)
These days, the term blues-rock can sometimes be used to describe music which is mostly the latter element with a bit of string bending thrown in – that is certainly not the case here, where all the songs are blues-based (at least).
Not for nothing is leather-lunged Eliza known as “The Detroit Diva” – take a listen to her powerful vocal performance on the raw-sounding title track, the percolating ‘Goo Goo Glass’ or the down-home blues-rock of ‘Spinning’, or she can come across as a little more vulnerable on ‘You’, ‘Southern Comfort Dreams’ – the latter with a strong southern rock sound – and ‘Windshield Wipers’.
Occasionally there are appropriate tinges of psychedelia or hints of Led Zeppelin – which seems a good point at which to mention the guitarists involved in this album: the highly acclaimed Kenny Olson guests on two tracks, producer Mike Puwal takes the lead on three, and the vastly experienced veteran of the Motor City blues Howard Glazer supplies dobro on the opener and fierce electric playing on a further five, in addition to co-writing and recording several items.
Shane Visbal supplies some lovely early 60s styled r and b licks to ‘Sugar Daddy’, think vintage Ike & Tina for this Barrett Strong –penned number. All involved can be proud of the finished product though.
“Blues Rock” is how this set describes itself on the back sleeve – and that’s just perfect in this case.