02 March 2021
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Blues News Finnish ‘Black Crow Moan’ review

Literally translated from Finnish by Google…

Blues News Finish Blues Review

Eliza Neals of Detroit, who has made four full-length discs in her own name, is an award-winning singer-keyboardist. Growing up in a musical family, Neals says he has absorbed musical influences from the pop and rock genres of the 1960s and 70s. The blues and soul have also made a strong impression. There are a number of joint gigs with renowned artists: Tommy Castro, Walter Trout, Poppa Chubby, George Clinton, Joe Louis Walker – just to name a few.

“Black Crow Moan” presents Eliza Neals as a soulful blues rock artist matured in life. The opening track “Don’t Judge The Blues” goes straight to the point, proving Eliza to be a powerful and charismatic singer. Mike Puwal’s cracked electric guitar draws heavily on the Delta blues tradition, incorporating more modern hill country tones. “Why You Ooglin ’Me” runs with his slide guitars in the spirit of Elmore James as solid blues rock. The line casually changes to a whimsical soul blues on the third track of “The Devil Don’t Love You,” which is probably natural when Joe Louis Walker introduces himself as a visiting guitarist-singer. Walker visits the album’s title track for the second time, which is a minor-winning soulful slowblues. “Watch Me Fly” and “River Is Rising” bring a breeze to hippie blues and soulful pop music, with guitarist Howard Glazer, who has visited Finland several times, playing fiery solos on his Gibson SG. The third guitarist guest at Univox 1 Studio has been Derek St. Holmes, who excelled as Ted Nugent’s second guitarist in the 1970s, playing three guitaristically in three pieces.

Above all, thanks to Eliza Neals’ stylish vocals, the great recording is completed by the rocking role “Hey, Take Your Pants Off,” which contains an important message for the continuity of life.