As said earlier in this review, Paul Black is a Canadian Blues Rocker, something that you will certainly get from a fair bit of “Blue Words”, especially the first 3 Tracks (Talk To Me, Slippin’ Away, and Jelly Fish), but in addition, you will also get the treat of a few slower Ballads, that I feel really brought not only Paul’s Vocal dynamics and his Musicianship forward, but also his great Songwriting skills, which come across as Creatively Potent. Two very fine examples of that were Track 7 “Burn” and the final Track “Sister Sadness”, which I would swear was done we just Paul Black and a Acoustic Guitar.
For those that like the more intense side of Blues Rock, it is Tracks like the opener “Talk To Me”, Track 3 “Jelly Fish”, and Track 9 “It’s Alright”, which come across, in the vein of Stevie Ray Vaughan , that will certainly satisfy your Blues Rock appetite
.One of the neat things I got from one of the Tracks on “Blue Words”, specifically Track 5, the title Track, “Blue Words”, was a very distinct Brickhouse feel, which I totally loved because I totally love Brickhouse, a infectiously addictive band based in Vancouver. Great stuff.
All in all, “Blue Words” is one of the strongest Canadian Blues Rock releases I have had the pleasure of listening to so far for 2012. There really is a lot of great stuff going on in this album, not only from Paul Black, but also from all the masterful musicians he has playing with him.
I have not had the opportunity to hear Paul Black’s debut release, “Paul Black & Taxi”, but I am betting that this release is equal to or even better.
“Blue Words” is one really really solid release and certainly deserves my highest rating of 5*****. For great Blues Rock and More, “Blue Words” is a sure thing.
Highly Recommended and Thoroughly Enjoyed…
Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)