Sunday, September 6, 2015

Tinsley Ellis 2004 The Hard Way

Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 224 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:53:51
Size: 86,28 MB

United States

Review by Thom Jurek

Tinsley Ellis' second outing for the TelArc label builds heartily on the fiery blues-rock of 2002's Hell or High Water by adding a mere soupçon of spooky rhythm and blues to his stealthy mix. Self-produced with engineering by the one and only Jim "Z" Zumpano, Ellis uses his core band of rhythm guitarist Oliver Wood, organist Kevin McKendree, bassist the Evil One, and drummer Richard Hayward from Little Feat. Ellis' moody scorch-and-torch blues, like labelmate Ronnie Earl's spiritual blues wail, are two distinguishing voices on a scene that is rife with cookie-cutter clichés and unimaginative song styles.

The Hard Way is drenched in Southern soul and spooky, minor key blues; they blend perfectly adding depth, dynamic, and tension to a slate of songs that offers a rounded view of Ellis at this point in his career. What sets Hard Way and its 2002 predecessor apart from other blues records on the market is Ellis' restless approach to his craft. He is not content to rest on his laurels, or to merely stick knee-deep in the glorious mud of a blues style he created. He relentlessly tries to extend its scope and range. On Hard Way, he succeeds in spades and raises his own high-water mark.

There is nothing but steel in his phrasing and deep growling, and moaning emotion in his singing. Hard Way is an album of great emotion, sparking heat, intensity and great tenderness. It is an essential purchase for Ellis' many fans, but is even more so for those seeking the very best in modern blues.


01 - Still In The Game 04:20

02 - Let Him Down Easy 06:10

03 - Me Without You 05:01

04 - I'll Get Over You 03:34

05 - And It Hurts 02:30

06 - La La Land 05:53

07 - My Love's The Medicine 04:04

08 - Fountain Of Youth 03:14

09 - Love Bomb 03:51

10 - Her Other Man 03:16

11 - 12 Pack Poet 05:07

12 - The Last Song 06:51

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